How to Rebound Better in Basketball

It’s a routine part of the game in basketball to rebound, and it’s one of the few parts of the game that doesn’t require a particular skill or technique. But coaches say that it’s important to have strategy to develop your rebound moves in order to make you a great player.

The rebound gives the defensive team a chance to take possession of the ball, and that’s important to score.

It may be surprising to find out that most players make only 50 percent of their first shots. In fact, the NBA stats show that teams at the highest level score only 43 percent of their first shots.

That means, there are a lot of chances to retrieve the ball and score yourself.

Rebounding is about keeping your feet moving, keeping your eyes on the ball, and knowing when you can shoot. See the exercises below by Coach Wayne Wharton.

Coach Wayne Wharton demonstrates some good footwork drills.

There are two main kinds of rebounds:

Offensive Rebounds are when the ball is recovered by the offensive player and the possession of the ball does not change.

Defensive Rebounds mean the defensive team gets the ball. Most of the rebounds in basketball are defensive.

Overly aggressive rebound techniques could result in personal fouls, which you want to avoid.

Many of the best rebounders in basketball tend to be taller and stronger, and most of the rebounds are generally made by centers and power forwards who are closer to the basket.

Traditional rebounding is to box-out the opponent by taking up space where they could easily shoot, usually by turning your back to them or using a forearm. Some coaches say that such a maneuver is becoming more obsolete because players are now wise to such a move and jump over or scoot around a technique like that.

For good offensive rebounding, it’s important to know where the shot is coming from, and 70 percent of the rebounds come from the opposite side of where the shot is taken.

Good rebounders will watch closely how an opponent plays, and when he or she shoots. Their habits and talents are usually apparent very quickly.

For example, if you see that a player likes to shoot from the right corner of the court, then get yourself in a position to rebound when that player goes to the right corner.

It is also important to know where the ball will bounce after the shot is taken. The shots coming from the wing to the baseline will mostly rebound back at the same angle or over at an opposite angle about 4 out of 5 times. Only 1 out of 5 of those shots will rebound to the front of the rim.

Any shot that is taken from the foul line ot the top of the key will rebound to the sides about 3 out of 5 times and to the front of the rim only about 2 out of 5 shots.

So, a good rebounder will get positioned and react accordingly, expecting that the shot will be a miss.

A long shot will usually produce a long rebound, and although it’s good to be close to the rim, it’s possible to be too close.

If you are boxing your opponent, by squatting in a position that impedes their lay-up chances, make sure that if the ball is lost that you have a chance to go after the ball.  Too often, coaches see that good boxing moves doesn’t result in an actual retrieval of the ball, although it may stop a good shot.

Go back and look at some of the greatest rebounders in the game from the past such as Dennis Rodman, Jason Kidd, Kevin Love, Udonis Haslem and Moses Malone. Larry Bird said he was good at rebounding because he stood near the rim of the hoop. Charles Barkley, who’s relatively short for a player at 6-foot-6, is known as one of the greatest rebounders, even though he stood against guys much taller than himself.

Coaches will tell you to look at the masters for good strategies, especially on the rebound.