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Offensive rebounding is likely going to be a huge advantage for the Washington Wizards with Dwight Howard now on the roster.

It just so happens that on Thursday it was revealed that the NBA is expected to make some changes on how the game will change after a team gets an offensive board.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, after an offensive rebound the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds instead of the original 24 throughout the 2018-19 NBA season. This comes after this rule has been implemented during the 2018 NBA Summer League and the G League.

Wojnarwoski noted that by doing this, the NBA is expecting shot attempts to increase, especially at the end of games.

For the Wizards, they are always near the middle of the pack in the offensive rebounding category. Since Scott Brooks has taken over, the team averages 10-11 offensive boards per game.

That is going to change with Howard and for the better. After all, he is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league's history.

As a player that consistently grabs three or more missed shots a contest, the 32-year-old's teams are consistently able to generate second chance opportunities. Throughout his 14 seasons, he is averaging 3.5 offensive boards a game.

While 14 seconds is still plenty of time, it could be limiting for a team that was already transitioning back to defend. Washington typically does not have many issues getting a shot off before the buzzer, but resetting the offense in a short amount of time could spell trouble for the Wizards.

 

It could lead to more immediate put-backs by Howard and more catch-and-shoot opportunities from sharp shooters Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.

In addition to the reset of the shot clock, there are two other rules changes that are on the horizon. The NBA will hope to simplify the clear-path rule to prevent fouls in transition situation. They will also expand the definition of a 'hostile act' to trigger replay with interactions involved a player with a referee or fan.

The rule changes will be voted on in the middle of September by the league's board of governors.

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