Rebounding has long been one of the most conventional ways of taking a charge of a game. Controlling the boardRebounding has long been one of the most conventional ways of taking charge of a game. Controlling the boards on the defensive end allows teams to set the rhythm of the game to their liking, whether speeding things up by developing a transition game or slowing the tempo down, while offensive rebounds provide teams with valuable second-chance opportunities. Here we look at the players who have dominated the glass on both ends over the past decade.
Not only did Ante Tomic play more games than any player in the past decade, he was head and shoulders above the rest when it came to pulling down rebounds. The veteran center, who started the decade with Real Madrid before moving to FC Barcelona, is the only player with more than 1,500 boards in the decade and he grabbed nearly 300 more total rebounds than the next best player from 2010 until the end of 2019. Of those rebounds, Tomic collected 1,290 in a Barcelona jersey and 211 with Real.
The late Tyler Honeycutt, who played for Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Khimki Moscow Region during three seasons between 2015 and 2018, had the highest total rebounding average for players with at least 75 appearances during the decade. Honeycutt's 488 total rebounds were good for 6.51 per game and it also made him the only player who averaged more than 6.0 rebounds per game in EuroLeague games played from January 2010 until the end of December 2019.
The best single-game rebounding performance of the decade came early on. It was authored by Donatas Motiejunas who grabbed 21 boards playing for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in a regular season 67-52 win over visiting Union Olimpija Ljubljana. The Lithuanian center, who turned 21 years old six weeks before setting this decade-best mark, pulled down 18 on the defensive glass and 3 offensive rebounds on that night. Motiejunas's mark stands tied for third-best in the competition this century.
No player dominated the glass in the past decade quite like Boban Marjanovic of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade did during the 2014-15 season when he averaged 10.67 rebounds. Marjanovic is the only man during this 10-year period who averaged double-digit rebounds in one season. During that campaign, Marjanovic registered at least 10 rebounds in 16 of his 24 appearances, including a career-high 17 rebounds twice.