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The Rebounding Darrell Walker … and then there’s Andray Blatche

Updated: January 31, 2011

This Skybox basketball card commemorates Darrell Walker‘s rebounding prowess as a guard for the Washington Bullets in the early 1990s. In ’90-91, Walker led all guards with 7.8 rebounds per 36 minutes, amongst those who played at least 15 minutes per game and achieved at least 400 rebounds. When strictly looking at per game stats, according to the search results at, Tyrone Corbin of the Minnesota Timberwolves averaged more rebounds per game as a guard, but he was more a swing-forward to Walker’s true ability to play the point. [Note: Rounded, both Walker and Magic Johnson averaged 7.0 boards per game in ’90-91, but Walker was a fraction above Magic.]

In Washington Bullets/Wizards franchise history, according to BBR, only four guards have played in more than 60 games in a season, averaged over 25 minutes per game and over five rebounds per 36 minutes. Those players were: Larry Hughes (’02-03 to ’04-05), Michael Jordan (’01-02 and ’02-03), Darrell Walker (’88-89 to ’90-91) and Earl Monroe (’67-’68).

From the BBR database spanning from 1946-47 to the present day, only two NBA guards have appeared in more than 70 games, had a Total Rebounding Percentage (TRB%: an estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor) above 13-percent and a Defensive Rebounding Percentage (DRB%) above 20-percent.

Those two guards are Jason Kidd (2006-07: 13.2 – TRB%; 20.8 – DRB%) and Darrell Walker (1989-90: 13.4 – TRB%; 20.4 – DRB%).

I mention all of this not just to put a classic basketball card of a guard yearning for a rebound on display, but to also note that this season’s Washington Wizards are the tied with the Phoenix Suns for the second worst DRB% in the entire NBA at just 70.6-percent. The Golden State Warriors secure an estimated league-worst 68.5-percent of the defensive rebounds available to them.

This season, Andray Blatche is sporting a TRB% of 13.3 and a DRB% of 19.2 — his career averages in those respective categories: 13.7 and 18.6. One conclusion is that the 6’4″ Walker always worked harder on the boards than Blatche ever has … for his 6’11” or 7’0″ height.

However, there are so many other factors which go into rebounding statistics that we won’t get too caught up in these numbers other than to point out that on Friday, Washington got out-rebounded 55-43 by the Oklahoma City Thunder; Blatche had two rebounds in almost 31 minutes on the court. On Saturday the Wizards were beaten on the boards 44-35 by Memphis; Blatche performed better with nine rebounds in almost 33 minutes of action…

But you tell me if 11 total boards in just over 63 minutes is getting the job done.

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  • There is no question Andray Blatche isn’t the poster child for work ethic, but his numbers have been ok this season.

  • poppalaw

    You have become a one-trick pony with all your Blatche bashing – learn something new. How about John Wall’s absurd lack of defnse? Whatever, you are becoming boring.

  • In a sense, you are right … I didn’t mean to even mention Blatche in this post, just wanted to make it about the Darrell Walker card … yet here we are.

    I will try harder to fairly point out the inefficiencies of others on the team and will hope that Blatche doesn’t provide so many glaring reasons to notice his.

    Thanks. -K

  • poppalaw

    Thanks for your thoughtful response; I do appreciate the material you generate.

  • DK
  • Ha! … Yea, saw that DK. Not sure if it will be worth a response on this here blog … but I will just say right now that the bold moves to which I was speaking more involved the on-court product, not the surrounding bells & whistles that I think Leonsis has done a stellar job with (midnight madness, alumni association, Verizon Center improvements). I’ll also say that jettisoning Arenas, Butler & Jamison was less bold and more necessary.

  • myname

    Y’know, all the Blatche hate is getting tiresome. You want to criticize him for his low shooting percentage or his slow feet? Fine. But his rebounding rate is average. Are you really going to cherry-pick one game and make that an example for how he’s bad at it?

    I worry that players pick up on the negative fan reaction and it drives them further into a rut, leaving the San Antonio’s of the world to pick him up on the cheap. So take a second to look at some of the positives: Blatche is an excellent passer, a pretty good help defender, and has above-average range for a PF.

  • Adam McGinnis

    Here I thought being a supporter/apologist of Andray Blatche was a lonely place to be these days so it appears there are others. Sweet. :)

  • williesurvive

    No matter what blatche does right or wrong,good or bad,why does everybody overlook the fact that he is a 2nd rd pick-no matter how many times his production is compared to amare’s or his maturity compared to rashard lewis’s or his development compared to any one else in the nba-pescherov was picked ahead of him so what does that say about Ernie?