Monday night against the Celtics, Byron Mullens posted a career best 18 rebounds in a 94-91 win.
It may have shocked some, but those who’ve watched Seven-feet-of-smooth this year, especially after he’s come back from his injury, know that it was only a matter of time before he went off like that.
He’s averaging just over eight boards per game this season, and since his return at the start of February, he’s averaged just shy of 10 boards per game.
He’s gone over 10 rebounds in two of the five games he’s played since coming back, and grabbed seven or more in four of those contests.
Mullens averaged just five rebounds last season in about 23 minutes per game. This year, his minutes have gone up, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of his rebounding surge this year.
His true rebound percentage has increased by almost two points from 12.8 last season to 14.7 this season. His defensive rebound percentage has gone up five points from around 19 percent last year to around 24 percent this year.
I’m not sure if that means he’s getting smarter, more aggressive, or more powerful. All I know is that a Seven-feet-of-smooth who can grab close to 10 boards a game is a guy I’d want on my team.
For as much junk as I talk about Mullens, he’s still a young guy, he’s getting better, and he’s the best rebounder on a horrible rebounding team.