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The Best Rebounders in NBA History 

Blake Edwards
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Updated December 21, 2019 27k votes 4.7k voters 53.7k views 101 items

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, and Kevin Love 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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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 85

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#11 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #52 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Leeds, Alabama

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Lagos, Nigeria

Age: 56

Teams: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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#10 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,178 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Virginia

Age: 64

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, + more

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#26 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #138 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from White Hall, Alabama

Age: 45

Teams: Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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#87 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #20 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #31 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands

Age: 43

Number: 21

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Key West, Florida, United States of America

Age: 54

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Age: 53

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, + more

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Age: 26

Number: 1

Teams: Detroit Pistons

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 12

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 43

Number: 5

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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

Age: 73

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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#78 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #23 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #6 of 27 The Best Centers of the 70s

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward from Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Akron, Ohio

Age: 78

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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#88 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #717 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #38 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana

Age: 74

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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#195 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,209 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #17 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Hico, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 77

Teams: New York Knicks

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Kingston, Jamaica

Age: 57

Teams: Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

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#27 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,172 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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#143 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #15 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center from Houston, Texas

Age: 31

Number: 6

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Middletown, Ohio

Age: 79

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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#99 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,092 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #60 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 42

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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