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
1,838 498
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

2
1,171 343
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
926 222
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

4
598 225
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

5
646 229
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

6
550 181
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

7
488 162
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
501 206
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
456 175
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

10
419 149
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

11
305 132
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
304 137
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
209 119
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

14
303 164
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

15
274 132
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

16
258 143
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

17
190 117
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

18
178 107
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

19
200 54
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

20
166 111
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

21
149 93
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

22
130 99
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

23
129 95
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

24
116 78
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

25
105 75
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center