How Frank Vogel challenges common conceptions of offensive rebounding

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Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers

Mar 31, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel gestures against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Pacers 111 – 106. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It is a common belief chasing offensive rebounds hurts a team’s ability to get back in transition – Frank Vogel’s teams have proven that’s not always true.

From the 2011 season to last season, there were only eight teams that finished a season with an offensive rebound percentage better than 30 percent. Compare that the period from 2000-01 to 2005-06, when there were 47.

As teams move quicker, some coaches have shifted their focus from offensive rebounding and second-chance points to getting players out of the paint and back in transition as quickly as possible.

Coaches like Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers have been two of the league’s most ardent preachers of this philosophy — and they have certainly had their fair share of success with it.

Frank Vogel, however, might argue their philosophy is based on some incorrect assumptions. He certainly takes a different approach.

Since 2011, Vogel teams have been a touchstone example for other coaches trying to strike a balance between offensive rebounding and transition defense, as they have consistently finished near the top in most offensive rebounding metrics and transition defense measurements.

Most importantly, they also won.

Vogel teams managed to crash the offensive glass without players getting stuck down at the baseline and lagging in transition.

This approach both slows other teams down and creates more points for the offense. This article will look at how each element of this process works, and how it might be applied to the Orlando Magic.

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