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NBA Basketball 101: Learning how to rebound like Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Giannis Antetokounmpo cemented himself as one of the league's best players by helping his Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA championship for the first time in 50 years.

Throughout the playoffs, Giannis was special averaging 30.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 56.9 percent from the field. His performance in the championship series earned him the Finals MVP award.

Everyone will talk about the great scoring performance Giannis had in the Finals, but it was his rebounding that separated him from the pack and allowed his team to have the best chance of winning in the playoffs.

Rebounding is a game-changer. Every great team has an elite rebounder. If you go through the list of NBA champions, you'll find a player on their team that was able to dominate on the glass. In the 90s the Chicago Bulls had Dennis Rodman, in the 2000s the LA Lakers had Shaquille O'Neal and recently, the Golden State Warriors had Draymond Green help them win the rebounding battles in their championship runs.

With rebounding being an important part of the game, we thought we'd take a look at some rebounding drills to help you become a better rebounder.

With the help of Jr. NBA coach Kyle Cummings, we took a look at a no-ball box-out drill.

As always, practice makes perfect, and don't forget that if you record yourself doing the drills, please upload it to social media and use the #JrNBAatHome.

Click the player above for the drill.

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