Anyone want to compare Rob's rebounding rate in one SL performance to either of Vincent's two SL appearances?
It's a good article and really paints Kanter as a difference maker on the boards to his team.
First, there was his impact on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Before acquiring Kanter during the 2014-15 season, OKC had ranked in the bottom half of the league in offensive rebounding for five consecutive campaigns. Things changed drastically once they acquired Kanter, however, as he helped OKC lead the NBA in that department during each of his three seasons there.
Kanter’s next stop was in New York, where he helped the 2017-18 Knicks achieve the No. 5 offensive rebounding ranking in the league. They maintained that No. 5 ranking through Jan. 8 of last season, which was when the Knicks started reducing Kanter’s role before eventually waiving him the following month. From that point until the end of the season, New York dropped all the way from fifth to 27th in offensive rebounding.
Portland then picked up Kanter during the 2019 All-Star break and they, too, were impacted by his rebounding skills. The Trail Blazers rose from seventh to second in offensive rebounding after acquiring the Turkish big man. He would later help fill the void of starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in late March, and wound up playing a major role in guiding Portland to the Western Conference Finals.
The article is light on talking about how Poirier will help, but I'm sure he'll be better than these two summer league appearances you speak of. I don't have to go into detail abput how summer league is just that, and many players who've excelled there did not in the NBA, and players who haven't shown much there did.
If the Celtics were comfortable signing him even after that showing, and not having to play summer league for us now, I trust them in deciding whether or not he can help the team.
Also, everyone needs to pump the brakes on RWIII. It was just summer league. Poirier is more experienced.