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
1,489 413
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

2
970 299
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
786 187
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

4
494 189
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

5
467 160
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

6
545 196
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
424 145
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
435 188
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
395 154
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

10
347 134
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

11
256 121
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
261 122
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
187 97
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

14
246 116
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

15
265 150
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

16
224 132
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

17
167 104
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

18
153 98
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

19
164 94
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

20
120 87
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

21
133 84
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

22
118 88
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

23
134 48
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

24
106 68
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

25
117 41
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

26
93 70
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Center

27
92 68
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

28
109 82
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Small forward

29
117 63
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

30
91 61
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

31
69 77
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

32
93 66
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Power forward

33
68 83
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

34
133 102
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

35
120 114
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

36
78 39
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

37
59 26
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Power forward, Center

38
70 59
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

39
60 71
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

40
46 28
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Small forward

41
50 36
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

42
66 59
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Power forward, Center

43
44 61
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Small forward, Power forward

44
54 54
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Center

45
59 66
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

46
39 57
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

47
57 45
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

48
48 40
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Center

49
31 25
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Power forward, Center

50
32 52
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Power forward, Center