In this installment of 12 in '12, we're going to look at the top 12 rebounders in NBA 2K12 according to the in-game ratings.The players are listed on the team they are on with default NBA 2K12 rosters. I think you'll find a few surprises here.
12. Reggie Evans - Toronto Raptors - 94 OREB, 87 DREB (181 REB)
While Reggie Evans has made his reputation by rebounding, sheer tenacity and hustle on the defensive end, I'm not sure that the casual NBA observer considers him an elite rebounder. But look a little closer and you'll see that the 31-year-old Evans has been doing work on the glass since he was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2002. Last season, in limited action with Toronto, Evans averaged 11.5 rebounds per game - the highest average of his career - and he's been a consistent, though oft injured, force on the boards for every team that he's ever played with. I'll leave you with this - last season, Evans had this amazing stat; 20.8 RPG per 48 minutes which would lead the NBA if Evans had played enough games to qualify.
9. (TIE) Kris Humphries - New Jersey Nets - 94 OREB, 88 DREB (182 REB)
The former Mr. Kim Kardashian emerged as a legit rebounder in 2010 for New Jersey and those numbers are reflected in his rebound ratings in NBA 2K12. Averaging 10.4 rpg last season, and 18.0 rebounds per 48 minutes, Humphries enjoyed the healthiest season of his career as well as averaging a career high in minutes and starting 44 games. He's only 26, but with only one solid season under his belt, we'll see what the market is for him in the upcoming 2011 NBA Free Agent frenzy.
9. (TIE) Marcus Camby - Portland Trail Blazers - 92 OREB, 90 DREB (182 REB)
Old reliable, steady as they come. That's been my opinion on Camby in his NBA career. He hasn't averaged less than 10 rebounds per game since the injury marred 02-03 campaign with Denver in which he only played 29 games. Camby has never played a full 82 game season -- his career high is 79 games with the 07-08 Denver Nuggets. Camby averaged 10.3 rpg last season with Portland, and didn't see much drop off in the 10-11 playoffs (9.7 rpg). Camby is 37 and I can't imagine he'll be around for too many more NBA seasons. One of the most consistent big men of the last 10 years.
9. (TIE) Andrew Bogut - Milwaukee Bucks - 90 OREB, 92 DREB (182 REB)
Bogut has been known for two things since being drafted No. 1 overall by Milwaukee in 2005: his rock steady play on the interior and injuries. The Aussie has improved his rebound totals from 7.0 rpg in his rookie season to a career-high 11.1 rpg in 2010 (not to mention a career best 2.6 bpg). If the 27-year-old, seven-footer can dodge the injury bug, he could be one of the best centers in the NBA. As it stands now he's gotten better every season, but hasn't quite been the franchise player that Milwaukee needs. 2011 could be Bogut's season to become a superstar in the East and lead Milwaukee back to the playoffs -- or it could be another season spent mostly watching in street clothes.