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The Best Rebounders in NBA History

Updated December 21, 2019 27.7k votes 4.9k voters 54.7k 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
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    Dennis Rodman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Bill Russell2
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    Age85

    BirthplaceWest Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • Wilt Chamberlain3
    1,723
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    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

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • Andre Drummond5
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    Andre Drummond

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    Number1

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon6
    732
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    Age57

    BirthplaceLagos, Nigeria

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

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    #1 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#3 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Charles Barkley7
    906
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    Charles Barkley

    Power forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceLeeds, Alabama, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

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  • Moses Malone8
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    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceVirginia

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

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  • Shaquille O'Neal9
    692
    272

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

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  • Ben Wallace10
    586
    230

    Ben Wallace

    Power forward, Center

    Age45

    BirthplaceWhite Hall, Alabama

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

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  • Tim Duncan11
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    Tim Duncan

    Power forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceChristiansted, United States Virgin Islands

    Number21

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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  • David Robinson12
    431
    175

    Age54

    BirthplaceKey West, Florida, United States of America

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  • Dikembe Mutombo13
    403
    197

    Age53

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

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  • Dwight Howard14
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    Dwight Howard

    Power forward, Center

    Age35

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Number12

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Wes Unseld15
    273
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    Age73

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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  • Karl Malone16
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    Karl Malone

    Power forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceSummerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Kevin Garnett17
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    Kevin Garnett

    Power forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina, United States of America

    Number5

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    #84 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#166 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Patrick Ewing18
    206
    68

    Age57

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Number33

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

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  • Nate Thurmond19
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    Nate Thurmond

    Power forward, Center

    Age78

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

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

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    #18 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time#19 of 105 The Best Golden State Warriors of All Time

  • Elvin Hayes20
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    Elvin Hayes

    Power forward, Center

    Age74

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana

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

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  • DeAndre Jordan21
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    100

    Age32

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number6

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Charles Oakley22
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    Charles Oakley

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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

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  • Jerry Lucas23
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    Jerry Lucas

    Power forward, Center

    Age79

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Ohio

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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    #75 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#1 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

  • Willis Reed24
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    Willis Reed

    Power forward, Center

    Age77

    BirthplaceHico, Louisiana, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Knicks

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  • Anthony Davis25
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    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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