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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.

list ordered by
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward
2
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center
4
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward
5
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
6
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
7
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
8
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
9
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
10
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
11
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
12
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
13
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward
14
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
15
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward
16
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
17
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
18
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center
19
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
20
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
21
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
22
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center
23
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center
24
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center
25
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center