It’s no secret at this juncture the C’s are in the market for any living and breathing big man. Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch, but it’s close. With doubts lingering about whether Chris Kaman will be cut loose by the New Orleans Hornets with a buyout before the crucial March 22nd deadline this week, the C’s have turned their interest to freshly cut big man Ronny Turiaf, who was released by the Nuggets over the weekend:
According to A.Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, Turiaf is on “the growling list of big men C’s have interest in.” So the question remains just how useful would Turiaf be to the C’s, a guy who has only played four games all season for the Wizards due to a broken left hand? Boston needs rebounding help in the worst way, is this a guy who can help out with the team that has fallen to 24th in the league in defensive rebounding rate?
At first glance, the answer is probably not according to our buddy Chris Forsberg at ESPNBoston:
And this may be the deal-breaker: Turiaf just isn’t that good on the glass. For his career, he’s averaged 3.8 rebounds over 17.9 minutes per game, but his total rebound percentage is just 11.9 percent (only slightly better than JaJuan Johnson this season). His career defensive rebounding percentage is 16.7 percent (Wilcox was at 20.2, while Jermaine O’Neal was 19.9 this year).
Not great obviously, not even really good, but it’s important to make one thing clear here. Ronny Turiaf is a not a particularly good rebounder, but he’s much better than JaJuan Johnson (13.0 DRR) on the defensive glass. In fact, outside of Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma, Turiaf over his career (16.7 DRR) is better than any other active member of the C’s roster right now. That includes such stellar rebounders as Brandon Bass (15.4 DRR), Paul Pierce (13.4 DRR) and Mickael Pietrus (13.4 DRR). By the way, how said is it that Pietrus is a better defensive rebounder than Johnson? Actually, let’s just move on.
The fact of the matter here is while Turiaf is a below-average big man on the glass, he’s still better than what the C’s have right now, which obviously isn’t saying much. The former Wizard is competent on the offensive end if nothing else, can hold his own on defensive end and brings a bit of toughness that the C’s could sorely lack. If nothing else, he’s a solid alternative to Greg Steimsma on certain nights, as well as running Bass and/or Garnett into the ground before the postseason arrives.
And the rebounding? It’s better than you might think.