NBA The Best Rebounders in NBA History  

Blake Edwards
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The best rebounders in NBA history are those star players who dominated in the rebounds department during their long and successful careers in the National Basketball Association over the years. Parked squarely under the net, these best NBA rebounders snagged the ball after a missed shot to give their team the possession, a scoring opportunity and in some cases the momentum to pull out a huge victory.

Holding NBA records for total rebounds and rebounds per game, it's hard to claim anyone other than Wilt Chamberlain is the best NBA rebounder of all time. Over the course of 1,045 NBA games, Chamberlain averaged 22.9 rebounds per game for a whopping 23,924 over his career. Even in many more games, no one else in the history of the league has come close to that number.

Besides Chamberlain, there are numerous others who are remembered for their rebounding skills. Dennis Rodman, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone and Karl Malone are just a few of those and all have their names in the NBA record books for their impressive rebounding stats. That's not to say that many current and up and coming players do not have the potential to be remembered the same way. Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Kevin Love and Carlos Boozer all fall into that category as among the best rebounders currently in the NBA and the best current NBA players in general.

These best rebounders in NBA history are not just the best to pull the boards but also many of the best to ever play the game. Vote for the players you think are the best NBA rebounders ever, add any not listed then come by and vote for the best NBA players of all time too.

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bill Russell Center

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Karl Malone Power forward

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Wes Unseld Center

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Robert Parish Center

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bob Pettit Power forward, Center

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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Artis Gilmore Center

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bill Walton Center

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Julius Erving Small forward

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Elgin Baylor Small forward

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Patrick Ewing Center

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Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Buck Williams Power forward

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Shawn Kemp Power forward - #2 rebounder in 93 & 96 playoffs, 7th in 97#1 rebounder / game 92 & 97 playoffs, 5th in9#2 o rbd 93 & 96#2 d rbd 96 po #3 rbd 95 & 96# 5 in the NBA over7 yrs 

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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
George Mikan Center

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Andre Drummond Power forward, Center

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Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bill Laimbeer Center

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Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

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Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Willis Power forward, Center

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Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dolph Schayes Power forward, Center

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Power forward

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Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

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Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Horace Grant Power forward, Center

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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Joakim Noah Center

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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center