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.
list ordered by

1
1,155 328
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

2
798 252
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
674 161
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

4
412 157
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

5
396 145
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

6
467 177
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
363 133
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
381 162
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
349 142
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

10
299 116
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

11
222 109
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
228 111
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
163 87
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

14
219 104
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

15
201 122
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

16
233 139
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

17
147 94
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

18
141 87
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

19
146 85
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

20
106 78
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

21
117 75
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

22
111 79
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

23
97 57
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

24
107 32
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

25
85 61
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Center

26
101 69
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Small forward

27
84 63
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

28
93 44
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

29
85 55
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

30
102 59
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

31
66 69
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

32
87 61
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Power forward

33
64 75
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

34
121 97
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

35
107 104
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

36
66 55
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

37
50 25
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

38
41 21
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Small forward

39
45 24
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Power forward, Center

40
60 67
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

41
42 35
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

42
58 56
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Power forward, Center

43
51 49
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Center

44
42 58
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Small forward, Power forward

45
37 54
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

46
53 63
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

47
51 42
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

48
30 20
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Power forward, Center

49
28 22
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Point guard

50
31 48
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Power forward, Center