REBOUNDING

Spray Charts

Below are rebounding spray charts that display the location the ball landed based on the positioning of the shooter at the time. Use these charts to position your player for the most likely rebound location based on the position of the shooter. The you can see comparisons to the likely position of a rebound from 2k17 and 2k18. Positioning is often more important for getting a board than any attribute you can have.

Corner

2k17

Nba2k17 Rebounding Spray Chart from Left Corner

2k18

Nba2k18 Rebounding Spray Chart from Left Corner

Elbow

2k17

Nba2k17 Rebounding Spray Chart from Left Elbow width=

2k18

Nba2k18 Rebounding Spray Chart from Left Elbow

Top

2k17

Nba2k17 Rebounding Spray Chart from Center

2k18

Nba2k18 Rebounding Spray Chart from Center

Height vs Vertical

 

For this test we wanted to see which was better in terms of getting more rebounds. We went to freestyle in 2ku with one center with the attributes of a 7’3 Pure Glass and one 6’11 Center with the attributes of a Pure Glass. We placed them in front of the rim side by side. We then shot the ball short from the top of the key. We jumped at the same time and only counted it if they had an equal opportunity to get the rebound. We did 200 rebounds for each “battle”.

Taller Center Better Athlete
80.5% 19.5%

 

As you can see, when straight up jumping side by side, height had a major advantage. We weren’t satisfied with just these results so we decided to change the scenario to play more to the better athletes strengths. We did the same test, except this time the shorter/more athletic center came in with a running start.

Taller Center Better Athlete
68% 32%

 

Boxing Out

This did help the shorter center a little bit as he could get a running start and jump a little higher. It did seem like it was very animation based. Sometimes he would get the “flying in” animation and snag it easily, while other times he was no where close to getting the board. These were done without hustle rebounding so we will have to see if that badge gives the animation more often.

 

The last thing we wanted to test was how both centers handled boxing out. We did the first test with the taller center in a boxing out position then the second test with the better athlete in better boxing out position.

Taller Center Better Athlete
93% 7%
Taller Center Better Athlete
14.5% 85.5%

What we gather here is obvious, but needs to be said. Boxing out is the most important part of rebounding. Although the taller center was able to grab a couple over the athletic center, being in position to box out allowed the more athletic center to grab rebounds at a higher rate than normal.

 

Wingspan on Rebounding

For this test we wanted to see how much wingspan plays a part in getting rebounds. We went to freestyle in 2ku with two identical centers except for the wingspan differences. We placed them in front of the rim side by side. We then shot the ball short from the top of the key. We jumped at the same time and only counted it if they had an equal opportunity to get the rebound. We did 200 rebounds for each “battle”.

Wingspan 1 Wingspan 2 Result
Minimum Default 43.5%/56.5%
Default Maximum 45%/55%
Minimum Maximum 32.5%/67.5%