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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.

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#26 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 855 The Top NBA Players Of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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5
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia

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

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

Nationality: Nigeria, United States of America

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Teams: Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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#736 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 855 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands

Number: 21

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: White Hall, Alabama

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

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States of America

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

Nationality: Democratic Republic of the Congo, United States of America

Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York

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, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Number: 12

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America

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

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17
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Number: 5

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hico, Louisiana, USA

Teams: New York Knicks

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rayville, Louisiana

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

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#1,557 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 855 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #93 of 153 The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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

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22
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana

Teams: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio

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

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#1,896 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #82 of 855 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #28 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Teams: Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

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25
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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