I'm working on a post on endgame strategies in the NBA that I hope to roll out soon. As part of that work, I needed to figure out approximately how much time runs off the clock between a missed shot and a rebound. Rather than keep this scintillating information to myself, or perhaps placing it behind a paywall and charging exorbitant sums, I am providing my findings here, free of charge. And for those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a rebound, and what it entails, I refer you to this excellent tutorial from Baylor's Taurean Prince.
Using play by play data from the current 2015-16 season, here are some basic statistics:
- An average rebound takes 1.15 seconds. This is the average elapsed game time between the missed shot and the rebound (according to the play by play game logs)
- 19% of missed shots are rebounded in "zero" seconds (i.e. the rebound is recorded in the same second as the miss)
- 56% of missed shots are rebounded in one second
- 19% of missed shots are rebounded in two seconds
- 4% of missed shots are rebounded in three seconds
- 2% of missed shots are rebounded in four or more seconds