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, 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.

list ordered by

1
1,362 374
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

2
894 285
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
739 178
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

4
459 178
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

5
436 153
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

6
514 191
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
393 139
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
415 177
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
373 151
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

10
322 131
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

11
242 115
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
246 118
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
174 93
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

14
235 111
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

15
254 145
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

16
214 127
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

17
159 100
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

18
148 93
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

19
152 92
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

20
125 79
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

21
113 84
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

22
113 86
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

23
102 64
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

24
113 39
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

25
121 46
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

26
89 68
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Center

27
108 76
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Small forward

28
86 67
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

29
110 61
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

30
88 59
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

31
67 74
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

32
68 79
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

33
91 63
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Power forward

34
127 99
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

35
115 109
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

36
67 34
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

37
54 26
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Power forward, Center

38
67 58
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

39
45 26
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Small forward

40
60 70
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

41
48 36
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

42
64 58
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Power forward, Center

43
54 52
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Center

44
43 60
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Small forward, Power forward

45
57 65
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

46
37 56
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

47
54 45
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

48
31 23
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Power forward, Center

49
32 51
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Power forward, Center

50
30 26
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Point guard