The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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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

    the people's #1
    Wilt Chamberlain Center

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

    most listed
    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


    Hakeem Olajuwon Center

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    Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Shaquille O'Neal Center

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    Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

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


    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center

  10. 10
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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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    Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Karl Malone Power forward

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


    David Robinson Center

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    Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Dikembe Mutombo Center

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    Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Willis Reed Power forward, Center

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    Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

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    Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

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    Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

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    Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Kevin Garnett Power forward

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    Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Wes Unseld Center

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    Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

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    Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Robert Parish 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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    Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Buck Williams Power forward

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    Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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    Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Artis Gilmore Center

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    Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by wiabux
    Bill Walton Center

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    Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Kevin Love Power forward, Center

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


    Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

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    George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    George Mikan Center

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    DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    DeAndre Jordan Center

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    Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

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    Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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    Elgin Baylor Small forward

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    Power forward, Center

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    Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Dave DeBusschere Power forward

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    Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by slaft
    Bill Laimbeer Center

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    Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Patrick Ewing Center

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    Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by slaft
    Kevin Willis Power forward, Center

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    Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

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    Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by slaft
    Dolph Schayes Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Horace Grant Power forward, Center

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    Power forward, Center

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    Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by slaft
    Dan Issel Power forward, Center

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    Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by slaft
    Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

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    Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by danmedsker
    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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    Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

    added by danmedsker
    Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

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    Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Andre Drummond Power forward, Center

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    Dale Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Dale Davis Power forward, Center

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    Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History


    Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

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