Shavlik Randolph is a relatively modest and humble guy when it comes to his athletic skills. But get the Boston Celtics big man to talk about his ping-pong game and Mr. Modest becomes a pale, taller, fuller-haired version of Chad Ochocinco, who not that long ago wouldn't hesitate to let you or your favorite about-to-be-torched defensive back know how talented he was. "I'm not going to be modest; I'm great, actually," Randolph, grinning, said about his ping-pong prowess. It is a game that relies heavily on the eyes and hands being on a string; on not just guessing, but knowing, where the ball is going to be before it gets there. Randolph applies those same traits to his rebounding game, which has been surprisingly strong in his relatively short time with the Celtics. Although Randolph is averaging 4.7 rebounds in 12 games for the Celtics, he's doing it in just 13.1 minutes per game. To put his rebounding success in proper perspective, per 36 minutes his rebounding average jumps to 12.8 per game. When examining more highly-regarded rebounders and their per-36-minute average, Randolph's rebounding is actually better than the league's top rebounder, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12.6); future Hall of Famer and San Antonio legend Tim Duncan (12.0); New York's Tyson Chandler (11.7), and arguably the most famous Randolph in the NBA, Memphis' Zach Randolph (11.6). Shavlik Randolph's rebounding skills, much like shooting or passing, have been honed from years and years of practice.
For Randolph, it's always been about rebounding
NBC Sports Boston | Apr 10