My favorite daydream from last season centered around the hypothesis that if only Paul Harris would get starter’s minutes, he would average something ridiculous like 14 rebounds per game. This became a pleasant running joke, because he never seemed to get huge PT no matter how well he played, and because extrapolations like that one are clearly absurd. There’s nothing more distorting than taking per minute averages and expanding them out to 40 minutes a game. It just doesn’t work like that in real life. On the court, people get tired when they play a whole game. They can’t maintain the explosive level of production they can deliver in 15-20 minutes. They’re specialists and when confronted with an opponent who gets to look at them all game long, they find out their own vulnerabilities. Defenders lock them down, big men box them out, coaches scheme against them. It was fun to think about what Paul might do with starters minutes, but clearly it wouldn’t actually entail 14 rebounds a game. That’s video game stuff. And he’s only 6′5″.
Against Siena: 36 minutes, 15 rebounds.
Against St Joseph’s: 37 minutes, 14 rebounds.
Holy crap, is this guy the next Charles Barkley?