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.
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1
641 204
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

2
908 259
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward

3
555 138
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bill Russell Center

4
345 130
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Moses Malone Power forward, Center

5
396 145
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward

6
338 122
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

7
307 115
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

8
320 138
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

9
319 124
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center

10
255 102
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center

11
199 94
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

12
199 98
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

13
142 80
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Nate Thurmond Power forward, Center

14
194 93
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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15
180 111
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Karl Malone Power forward

16
198 127
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center

17
128 76
Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Willis Reed Power forward, Center

18
128 86
Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Wes Unseld Center

19
136 78
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center

20
97 68
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Robert Parish Center

21
105 68
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Charles Oakley Power forward, Center

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22
102 73
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Jerry Lucas Power forward, Center

23
86 52
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Artis Gilmore Center

24
92 29
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Patrick Ewing Center

25
78 58
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Bob Pettit Power forward, Center

26
74 58
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Bill Walton Center

27
93 61
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Julius Erving Small forward

28
77 50
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
wiabux added Elgin Baylor Small forward

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

29
63 64
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center

30
88 52
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History

31
60 68
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Buck Williams Power forward

32
79 56
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Shawn Kemp Power forward - #2 rebounder in 93 & 96 playoffs, 7th in 97#1 rebounder / game 92 & 97 playoffs, 5th in9#2 o rbd 93 & 96#2 d rbd 96 po#3 rbd 95 & 96# 5 in the NBA over7 yrs 

33
68 38
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Andre Drummond Power forward, Center

34
106 91
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Kevin Love Power forward, Center

35
94 101
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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36
59 54
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
George Mikan Center

37
53 65
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

38
31 17
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added Scottie Pippen Small forward

39
35 19
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
liplip added Anthony Davis Power forward, Center

40
37 33
Horace Grant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Horace Grant Power forward, Center

41
52 53
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Pau Gasol Power forward, Center

42
43 47
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Bill Laimbeer Center

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43
37 56
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
danmedsker added Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

44
50 60
Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Marcus Camby Power forward, Center

45
46 40
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

46
32 52
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Dave DeBusschere Power forward

47
29 43
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Kevin Willis Power forward, Center

48
35 47
Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
slaft added Jack Sikma Power forward, Center

49
41 35
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Air_aj23 added Joakim Noah Center

50
23 19
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rebounders in NBA History
Tom Derr added LaMarcus Aldridge Power forward, Center