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The Best Rebounders in NBA History

Updated December 21, 2019 29.0k votes 4.9k voters 54.5k views96 items

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.

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  • Dennis Rodman1
    3,077
    816

    Dennis Rodman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    #33 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#8 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Bill Russell2
    1,358
    348

    Age85

    BirthplaceWest Monroe, USA, Louisiana

    TeamsBoston Celtics

  • Wilt Chamberlain3
    1,810
    534

    AgeDec. at 63 (1936-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar4

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Andre Drummond5
    486
    124

    Andre Drummond

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    Number1

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • Hakeem Olajuwon6
    774
    258

    Age56

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

  • Charles Barkley7
    949
    373

    Charles Barkley

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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  • Moses Malone8
    865
    337

    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets

  • Shaquille O'Neal9
    727
    285

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

  • Ben Wallace10
    619
    242

    Ben Wallace

    Power forward, Center

    Age45

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    #80 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#16 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Tim Duncan11
    631
    233

    Tim Duncan

    Power forward, Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceChristiansted, United States Virgin Islands

    Number21

  • Dikembe Mutombo12
    427
    205

    Age53

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

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    #2 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#9 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

  • David Robinson13
    454
    184

    Age54

    BirthplaceKey West, Florida

  • Dwight Howard14
    442
    220

    Dwight Howard

    Power forward, Center

    Age34

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Number12

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Wes Unseld15
    286
    160

    Age73

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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    #32 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#70 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • Karl Malone16
    356
    188

    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Kevin Garnett17
    359
    179

    Kevin Garnett

    Power forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina, USA

    Number5

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Patrick Ewing18
    216
    71

    Age57

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

  • Elvin Hayes19
    233
    145

    Elvin Hayes

    Power forward, Center

    Age74

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

  • Nate Thurmond20
    290
    173

    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age78

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

  • DeAndre Jordan21
    204
    103

    Age32

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number6

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    #12 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#25 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Willis Reed22
    210
    151

    Willis Reed

    Power forward, Center

    Age77

    BirthplaceHico, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Knicks

  • Charles Oakley23
    192
    129

    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center

    Age56

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

  • Anthony Davis24
    152
    59

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#49 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Jerry Lucas25
    166
    119

    Jerry Lucas

    Power forward, Center

    Age79

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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    #71 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#1 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time