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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549 158
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward

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2
418 140
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
383 101
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bill Russell Center

4
240 93
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

5
241 86
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

6
271 105
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

7
238 87
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

8
234 101
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
218 88
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

10
186 75
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

11
145 70
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
150 75
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
141 67
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Power forward

14
105 60
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

15
142 81
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Karl Malone Power forward

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16
102 62
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Wes Unseld Center

17
103 57
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

18
100 58
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

19
134 99
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

20
72 44
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Robert Parish Center

21
77 50
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

22
81 57
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

23
67 44
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bob Pettit Power forward, Center

24
63 41
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Artis Gilmore Center

25
77 42
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Julius Erving Small forward

26
63 45
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Bill Walton Center

27
58 39
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Elgin Baylor Small forward

28
52 51
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

29
58 22
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Patrick Ewing Center

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49 53
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Buck Williams Power forward

31
60 36
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

32
60 41
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added 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 

33
84 72
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

34
48 53
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

35
72 83
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

36
49 45
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
George Mikan Center

37
39 41
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

38
30 28
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Andre Drummond Power forward, Center

39
32 36
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

40
20 10
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

41
31 46
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

42
26 24
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Horace Grant Power forward, Center

43
35 31
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

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35 37
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Bill Laimbeer Center

45
42 54
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

46
31 44
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Power forward

47
23 36
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Kevin Willis Power forward, Center

48
28 41
Dolph Schayes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Dolph Schayes Power forward, Center

49
17 9
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Scottie Pippen Small forward

50
30 26
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Joakim Noah Center