List of National Basketball Association career playoff rebounding leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff rebounds recorded.
A progressive list of rebound leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.[1]

Career Playoff Rebound Leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career playoff rebounds recorded.[2]

Statistics accurate as of the end of the May 20, 2015 games.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[4] Total rebounds Games played Rebounds per game
average[5]
1 Russell, BillBill Russell* C Boston Celtics (19571969) 4,104 165 24.9
2 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* C Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19601962, 1964)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19691973)
3,913 160 24.5
3 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (19981999, 20012015) 2,811 241 11.7
4 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (19941996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19972004)
Miami Heat (20052007)
Phoenix Suns (2008)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2010)
Boston Celtics (2011)
2,508 216 11.6
5 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[6] C Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
Los Angeles Lakers (19771989)
2,481 237 10.5
6 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19862003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004)
2,062 193 10.7
7 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* C Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19691980) 1,777 119 14.9
8 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (1977)
Boston Celtics (19811993)
Charlotte Hornets (1995)
Chicago Bulls (1997)
1,765 184 9.6
9 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* PF/SF Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19591970) 1,724 134 12.9
10 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19801988, 19901992) 1,683 164 10.3
11 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* PF Detroit Pistons (19871992)
San Antonio Spurs (19941995)
Chicago Bulls (19961998)
1,676 169 9.9
12 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[7] C Houston Rockets (19851991, 19931999)
Toronto Raptors (2002)
1,621 145 11.2
13 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19881998)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002003)
1,583 208 7.6
14 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19851987, 19891991)
Phoenix Suns (19931996)
Houston Rockets (19971999)
1,582 123 12.9
15 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19972004)
Boston Celtics (2008, 20102013)
Brooklyn Nets (2014)
1,534 143 10.7
16 Silas, PaulPaul Silas PF St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (19651969)
Phoenix Suns (1970)
Boston Celtics (19731976)
Denver Nuggets (1977)
Seattle SuperSonics (19781980)
1,527 163 9.4
17 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19801991, 1996) 1,465 190 7.7
18 Grant, HoraceHorace Grant PF Chicago Bulls (19881994)
Orlando Magic (19951996, 1999)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001)
Orlando Magic (2002)
1,457 170 8.6
19 Wallace, BenBen Wallace C/PF Detroit Pistons (20022006)
Chicago Bulls (2007)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20082009)
1,454 130 11.2
20 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley PF Chicago Bulls (19861988)
New York Knicks (19891998)
Toronto Raptors (20002001)
1,445 144 10.0
21 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20062010, 2015)
Miami Heat (20112014)
1,442 169 8.5
22 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19882000)
Orlando Magic (2002)
1,435 139 10.3
23 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (20012012, 2014-2015) 1,422 140 10.2
24 Horry, RobertRobert Horry PF Houston Rockets (19931996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19972003)
San Antonio Spurs (20042008)
1,361 244 5.6
25 Bridges, BillBill Bridges PF St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (19631971)
Los Angeles Lakers (19731974)
Golden State Warriors (1975)
1,305 113 11.5

Progressive List of Playoff Rebound Leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of rebound leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[8]

Statistics accurate as of May 21, 2015 games.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]


Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
BAL Baltimore Bullets GSW Golden State Warriors NYK New York Knicks SAS San Antonio Spurs
BOS Boston Celtics HOU Houston Rockets ORL Orlando Magic SEA Seattle SuperSonics
CHH Charlotte Hornets LAC Los Angeles Clippers PHI Philadelphia 76ers SFW San Francisco Warriors
CHI Chicago Bulls LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHO Phoenix Suns SYR Syracuse Nationals
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers MIA Miami Heat PHW Philadelphia Warriors UTA Utah Jazz
DAL Dallas Mavericks MIL Milwaukee Bucks POR Portland Trail Blazers WSB Washington Bullets
DET Detroit Pistons MNL Minneapolis Lakers ROC Rochester Royals
NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Playoff Total Rebounds
Season Year-by-Year Leader Reb Active Player Leader Reb Career Rebound Record Reb Single Season Record Reb Season
1950-51 Arnie Risen*000ROC 196 Arnie Risen*000ROC 196 Arnie Risen*000ROC 196 Arnie Risen*000ROC 196 1950-51
1951-52 George Mikan*000MNL 207 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 297 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 297 George Mikan*000MNL 207 1951-52
1952-53 185 George Mikan*000MNL 466 George Mikan*000MNL 466 1952-53
1953-54 171 637 637 1953-54
1954-55 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 141 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 522 1954-55
1955-56 Neil Johnston*000PHW 143 George Mikan*000MNL 665 665 1955-56
1956-57 Bill Russell*000BOS 244 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 687 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 687 Bill Russell*000BOS 244 1956-57
1957-58 221 732 732 1957-58
1958-59 305 849 849 305 1958-59
1959-60 336 Bill Russell*000BOS 1106 Bill Russell*000BOS 1106 336 1959-60
1960-61 299 1405 1405 1960-61
1961-62 370 1775 1775 370 1961-62
1962-63 326 2101 2101 1962-63
1963-64 Wilt Chamberlain*000SFW 302 2373 2373 1963-64
1964-65 Bill Russell*000BOS 302 2675 2675 1964-65
1965-66 428 3103 3103 428 1965-66
1966-67 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHI 437 3301 3301 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHI 437 1966-67
1967-68 Bill Russell*000BOS 434 3735 3735 1967-68
1968-69 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 444 4104 4104 444 1968-69
1969-70 399 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 2973 1969-70
1970-71 Wes Unseld*000BAL 339 3215 1970-71
1971-72 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 315 3530 1971-72
1972-73 383 3913 1972-73
1973-74 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000MIL 253 Bill Bridges
000LAL 1974
000GSW 1975
1256 1973-74
1974-75 Wes Unseld*000WSB 276 1305 1974-75
1975-76 Dave Cowens*000BOS 296 Wes Unseld*000WSB 1175 1975-76
1976-77 Bill Walton*000POR 288 1280 1976-77
1977-78 Marvin Webster000SEA 289 1496 1977-78
1978-79 Elvin Hayes*000WSB 266 1749 1978-79
1979-80 Caldwell Jones000PHI 185 1777 1979-80
1980-81 Moses Malone*000HOU 305 1980-81
1981-82 Caldwell Jones000PHI 189 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1643 1981-82
1982-83 Moses Malone*000PHI 206 1758 1982-83
1983-84 Larry Bird*000BOS 252 1931 1983-84
1984-85 Robert Parish*000BOS 219 2085 1984-85
1985-86 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 236 2168 1985-86
1986-87 Larry Bird*000BOS 231 2291 1986-87
1987-88 Bill Laimbeer000DET 221 2422 1987-88
1988-89 Dennis Rodman*000DET 170 2481 1988-89
1989-90 Bill Laimbeer000DET 211 Larry Bird*000BOS 1593 1989-90
1990-91 Dennis Rodman*000DET 177 1665 1990-91
1991-92 Horace Grant000CHI 194 Robert Parish*
000BOS 1991–94
000CHH 1994–96
000CHI 1996–97
1714 1991-92
1992-93 Charles Barkley*000PHO 326 1752 1992-93
1993-94 Patrick Ewing*000NYK 293 1993-94
1994-95 Shaquille O'Neal000ORL 250 1761 1994-95
1995-96 Dennis Rodman*000CHI 247 1995-96
1996-97 Karl Malone*000UTA 228 1765 1996-97
1997-98 Dennis Rodman*000CHI 248 Dennis Rodman*000CHI 1676 1997-98
1998-99 Tim Duncan^000SAS 195 Karl Malone*
000UTA 1998–03
000LAL 2003–04
1680 1998-99
1999-00 Shaquille O'Neal000LAL 355 1769 1999-00
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo*000PHI 316 1813 2000-01
2001-02 Shaquille O'Neal000LAL 239 1843 2001-02
2002-03 Tim Duncan^000SAS 369 1877 2002-03
2003-04 Ben Wallace000DET 328 2062 2003-04
2004-05 Tim Duncan^000SAS 286 Shaquille O'Neal
000MIA 2004–07
000PHO 2008–09
000CLE 2010
000BOS 2011
2142 2004-05
2005-06 Dirk Nowitzki^000DAL 268 2367 2005-06
2006-07 Tim Duncan^000SAS 229 2401 2006-07
2007-08 Kevin Garnett^000BOS 274 2447 2007-08
2008-09 Dwight Howard^000ORL 353 2008-09
2009-10 Pau Gasol^000LAL 255 2508 2009-10
2010-11 Tyson Chandler^000DAL 193 2010-11
2011-12 LeBron James^000MIA 224 Tim Duncan^000SAS 2308 2011-12
2012-13 Tim Duncan^000SAS 214 2522 2012-13
2013-14 211 2733 2013-14
2014-15 Dwight Howard^000HOU 196 2811 2014-15
Season Year-by-Year Leader Reb Active Player Leader Reb Career Rebound Record Reb Single Season Record Reb Season


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Progressive Playoff Leaders and Records for Total Rebounds". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record rebounding statistics until the 1950–51 season.
  3. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013–14 NBA season.
  4. ^ American Basketball Association (ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season. The years listed are only ones in which the player played in a playoff game.
  5. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  6. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.
  7. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  8. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Playoff Total Rebounds". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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