Boston coach Doc Rivers offered some pretty high praise for Nets forward Reggie Evans the other night. He wasn’t quit putting Evans on the same level as Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, or of former Pistons All-Star Ben Wallace, but he did compare the incredible rebounding the three share—and he should know, having coached Wallace and played alongside Rodman with the Spurs.

“Ben was more athletic,” Rivers said. “After that, they’re very close. Even Rodman, who I played with, I think they all have that characteristic—they have great instincts, they know where the ball is going, they all have the ability to get there in different ways. Playing with Dennis, he was a genius. He didn’t even have the body. Reggie and Ben have the body, but Dennis was never a big, strong guy. He was always just in the right spot. But all three of them, they break before the ball is on the glass, like they know where it’s going.”

Evans has made an impact for the Nets of late. He was very good on the boards against the Celtics on Wednesday, grabbing 14 rebounds, and in two games prior to that, he had 24 rebounds (against Philadelphia) and 20 rebounds (against the Bobcats). He scored only one point against Boston, but had put up 31 points in his previous two games.

Despite his brief scoring binge, Evans is still one of the most limited offensive starters in the league, but that doesn’t hurt the Nets much, not with weapons like point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Joe Johnson and center Brook Lopez on hand. Evans has moved past Kris Humphries into the starting five, and though he averages just 5.3 points as a starter, he is contributing 12.5 rebounds. The Nets are 32-21 with him as a starter, and 14-11 when he does not start.