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
1,235 346
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

2
844 264
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

3
700 167
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

4
430 166
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

5
412 148
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

6
484 184
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

7
379 135
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
390 168
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
363 145
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

10
309 124
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

11
231 111
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
236 114
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
167 90
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

14
226 107
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

15
207 123
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

16
242 140
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

17
152 96
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

18
142 89
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

19
149 87
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

20
120 76
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

21
108 81
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

22
111 81
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

23
99 60
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

24
110 34
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

25
88 62
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Center

26
104 72
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Small forward

27
105 45
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

28
84 65
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

29
86 56
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Small forward

30
104 59
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

31
66 70
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

32
67 75
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

33
89 61
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Power forward

34
122 97
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

35
111 106
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward

36
59 28
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

37
66 56
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Center

38
48 24
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Power forward, Center

39
42 22
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Small forward

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

41
44 35
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

42
54 49
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Center

43
60 56
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Power forward, 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
55 63
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward, Center

46
37 54
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Power forward

47
52 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
32 48
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Power forward, Center

50
28 22
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Point guard