Bynum vs. Rondo. 30 vs. 20. Big man vs. Point Guard. Who wins?
Well, which is it? Which stat is more impressive? And the answer is… 30 rebounds. This shouldn’t exactly be a debate at all. Put the numbers into perspective for a little bit. On the 30th of March Deron Williams also dished out 20 assists. 60 different players have recorded 20 or more assists in a game. It has occurred 208 times in the regular season and 19 times in the playoffs. It’s not an unusual stat., Rondo had 24 assists in 2010, and he also had 23 last year. It’s an amazing feat to dish out 20 assists or more. However, it’s happened 227 times in the history of the NBA. It’s not as if this is one of the first times this has happened. So yes it’s very impressive but let’s compare it to Bynum’s 30 rebounds.
Unlike the many players who have managed to put up 20 assists, Bynum is the 14th player to grab 30 rebounds in the last 25 seasons. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor in the Lakers’ 30-rebound club. Nobody had done it for the Lakers since Abdul-Jabbar took 30 in 1978 against Milwaukee. Bynum’s total was the highest in the NBA this season. Remember the field goal percentage back in the day was very poor and was much easier to grab rebounds. He grabbed 30 rebounds against the 2nd best overall team in the NBA statistically. Also, he managed to get 30 rebounds, however he got 30 while Pau Gasol got 11 rebounds. That just shows that he wasn’t even the only one rebounding the ball.
So if the question is what stat is more impressive then 30 rebounds is clearly the answer. However, if we rephrase the question and say what is more impressive 30 rebounds or the fact that this is the 5th time Rondo has recorded 20 or more assists in a game? Then the answer is Rondo’s statistic. In a single game Bynum wins but over the course of a career and a season then Rondo is victorious.