List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season rebounds recorded.[1]
A progressive list of rebound leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.[2]

Career Rebound Leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season rebounds recorded.

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season
^ 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 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* C Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19591965)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19681973)
23,924 1,045 22.9
2 Russell, BillBill Russell* C Boston Celtics (19561969) 21,620 963 22.5
3 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[6] C Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
17,440 1,560 11.2
4 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* PF San Diego/Houston Rockets (19681972, 19811984)
Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19721981)
16,279 1,303 12.5
5 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* C Buffalo Braves (1976)
Houston Rockets (19761982)
Philadelphia 76ers (19821986, 1993–1994)
Washington Bullets (19861988)
Atlanta Hawks (19881991)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911993)
San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995)
16,212 1,329 12.2
6 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
14,968 1,476 10.1
7 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (19761980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
14,715 1,611 9.1
8 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (1997–present) 14,644 1,331 11.0
9 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007; 2015–present )
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
14,512 1,424 10.2
10 Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond* C/PF San Francisco/Golden State Warriors (19631974)
Chicago Bulls (19741975)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19751977)
14,464 964 15.0
11 Bellamy, WaltWalt Bellamy* C Chicago Packers/Zephyrs//Baltimore Bullets (19611965)
New York Knicks (19651968)
Detroit Pistons (19681970)
Atlanta Hawks (19701974)
New Orleans Jazz (1974)
14,241 1,043 13.7
12 Unseld, WesWes Unseld* C/PF Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19681981) 13,769 984 14.0
13 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[7] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
13,748 1,238 11.1
14 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (19921996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19962004)
Miami Heat (20042008)
Phoenix Suns (20082009)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)
Boston Celtics (2010–2011)
13,099 1,207 10.9
15 Williams, BuckBuck Williams PF New Jersey Nets (19811989)
Portland Trail Blazers (19891996)
New York Knicks (19961998)
13,017 1,307 10.0
16 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* PF Cincinnati Royals (19631969)
San Francisco Warriors (19691971)
New York Knicks (19711974)
12,942 829 15.6
17 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* PF Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (19541965) 12,849 792 16.2
18 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* PF Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
12,546 1,073 11.7
19 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo* C Denver Nuggets (19911996)
Atlanta Hawks (19962001)
Philadelphia 76ers (20012002)
New Jersey Nets (2002–2003)
New York Knicks (2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (20042009)
12,359 1,196 10.3
20 Silas, PaulPaul Silas PF St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (19641969)
Phoenix Suns (19691972)
Boston Celtics (19721976)
Denver Nuggets (1976–1977)
Seattle SuperSonics (19771980)
12,357 1,254 9.9
21 Oakley, CharlesCharles Oakley PF Chicago Bulls (19851988, 2001–2002)
New York Knicks (19881998)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
Washington Wizards (2002–2003)
Houston Rockets (2004)
12,205 1,282 9.5
22 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* PF Detroit Pistons (19861993)
San Antonio Spurs (19931995)
Chicago Bulls (19951998)
Los Angeles Lakers (1999)
Dallas Mavericks (2000)
11,954 911 13.1
23 Willis, KevinKevin Willis PF/C Atlanta Hawks (19841994, 2004–2005)
Miami Heat (19941996)
Golden State Warriors (1996)
Houston Rockets (19961998, 2001–2002)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
Denver Nuggets (2001)
San Antonio Spurs (20022004)
Dallas Mavericks (2007)
11,901 1,424 8.4
24 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
11,607 1,183 9.8
25 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* SF/PF Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19581971) 11,463 846 13.5
26 Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* PF Syracuse Nationals (1949–1950)[8]
Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19501964)
11,256 932 12.1
27 Bridges, BillBill Bridges PF St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (19621971)
Philadelphia 76ers (19711972)
Los Angeles Lakers (19721974)
Golden State Warriors (1975)
11,054 926 11.9
28 Sikma, JackJack Sikma C Seattle SuperSonics (19771986)
Milwaukee Bucks (19861991)
10,816 1,107 9.8
29 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 10,497 987 10.6
30 Wallace, BenBen Wallace C/PF Washington Bullets/Wizards (19961999)
Orlando Magic (1999–2000)
Detroit Pistons (20002006, 20092012)
Chicago Bulls (20062008)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20082009)
10,482 1,088 9.6
31 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* C Boston Celtics (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (1982–1983)
10,444 766 13.6
32 Laimbeer, BillBill Laimbeer C Cleveland Cavaliers (19801982)
Detroit Pistons (19821993)
10,400 1,068 9.7
33 Thorpe, OtisOtis Thorpe PF/C Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19841988, 1998)
Houston Rockets (19881995)
Portland Trail Blazers (1995)
Detroit Pistons (19951997)
Vancouver Grizzlies (1997–1998)
Washington Wizards (1999)
Miami Heat (1999–2000)
Charlotte Hornets (2000–2001)
10,370 1,257 8.2
34 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Houston Rockets (2013–present)
10,314 809 12.8
35 Marion, ShawnShawn Marion^ SF Phoenix Suns (19992008)
Miami Heat (20082009)
Toronto Raptors (2009)
Dallas Mavericks (20092014)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-present)
10,101 1,163 8.7
36 Kerr, Johnny "Red"Johnny "Red" Kerr C Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19541965)
Baltimore Bullets (1965–1966)
10,092 905 11.2
37 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (1998–present) 10,051 1,265 7.9
38 Lanier, BobBob Lanier* C Detroit Pistons (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (19801984)
9,698 959 10.1
39 Lacey, SamSam Lacey C Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings (19701981)
New Jersey Nets (1981–1982)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1982–1983)
9,687 1,002 9.7
40 DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere* SF Detroit Pistons (19621968)
New York Knicks (19681974)
9,618 875 11.0
41 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby PF/C Toronto Raptors (19961998)
New York Knicks (19992002, 2012–2013)
Denver Nuggets (20032008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082010)
Portland Trail Blazers (20102012)
Houston Rockets (2012)
9,513 973 9.8
42 Green, A. C.A. C. Green PF/C Los Angeles Lakers (19851993, 1999–2000)
Phoenix Suns (19931996)
Dallas Mavericks (19961999)
Miami Heat (2000–2001)
9,473 1,278 7.4
43 Grant, HoraceHorace Grant PF Chicago Bulls (19871994)
Orlando Magic (19941999, 20012002)
Seattle SuperSonics (1999–2000)
Los Angeles Lakers (2000–2001, 2003–2004)
9,443 1,165 8.1
44 Howell, BaileyBailey Howell* PF Detroit Pistons (19591964)
Baltimore Bullets (19641966)
Boston Celtics (19661970)
Philadelphia 76ers (1970–1971)
9,383 951 9.9
45 Divac, VladeVlade Divac C Los Angeles Lakers (19891996, 2004–2005)
Charlotte Hornets (19961998)
Sacramento Kings (19992004)
9,326 1,134 8.2
46 Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ PF/C Memphis Grizzlies (20012008)
Los Angeles Lakers (20082014)
Chicago Bulls (2014–present)
9,255 983 9.4
47 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* C Chicago Bulls (19761982, 1987)
San Antonio Spurs (19821987)
Boston Celtics (1988)
9,161 909 10.1
48 Green, JohnnyJohnny Green PF/C New York Knicks (19591965)
Baltimore Bullets (19651967)
San Diego Rockets (1967–1968)
Philadelphia 76ers (19681969)
Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City-Omaha Kings (19691973)
9,083 1,057 8.6
49 Brand, EltonElton Brand^ PF Chicago Bulls (19992001)
Los Angeles Clippers (20012008)
Philadelphia 76ers (20082012)
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)
8,977 1,041 8.7
50 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 8,974 897 10.0

Progressive List of Rebound Leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of rebound leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[2]

Statistics accurate as of the end of the games of April 15, 2015.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration


Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
ATL Atlanta Hawks DET Detroit Pistons MNL Minneapolis Lakers SAS San Antonio Spurs
BOS Boston Celtics FTW Fort Wayne Pistons NOJ New Orleans Jazz SDC San Diego Clippers
BRK Brooklyn Nets HOU Houston Rockets NYK New York Knicks SDR San Diego Rockets
BUF Buffalo Braves LAC Los Angeles Clippers ORL Orlando Magic SFW San Francisco Warriors
CAP Capital Bullets LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHI Philadelphia 76ers STL St. Louis Hawks
CHH Charlotte Hornets MIL Milwaukee Bucks PHO Phoenix Suns SYR Syracuse Nationals
CHI Chicago Bulls MIN Minnesota Timberwolves PHW Philadelphia Warriors UTA Utah Jazz
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers MLH Milwaukee Hawks ROC Rochester Royals WSB Washington Bullets
DEN Denver Nuggets
NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Total Rebounds
Season Year-by-Year Leader Reb Active Player Leader Reb Career Rebound Record Reb Single Season Record Reb Season
1950-51 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1080 1950-51
1951-52 Mel Hutchins000MLH
Larry Foust000FTW
880 1853 1853 1951-52
1952-53 George Mikan*000MNL 1007 George Mikan*000MNL 2831 George Mikan*000MNL 2831 1952-53
1953-54 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 1098 3859 3859 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 1098 1953-54
1954-55 Neil Johnston*000PHW 1085 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 4530 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 4530 1954-55
1955-56 Bob Pettit*000STL 1164 5421 5421 Bob Pettit*000STL 1164 1955-56
1956-57 Maurice Stokes*000ROC 1256 6429 6429 Maurice Stokes*000ROC 1256 1956-57
1957-58 Bill Russell*000BOS 1564 7451 7451 Bill Russell*000BOS 1564 1957-58
1958-59 1612 8413 8413 1612 1958-59
1959-60 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHW 1959–62
000SFW 1962–63
1941 9372 9372 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 1941 1959-60
1960-61 2149 10332 10332 2149 1960-61
1961-62 2052 10771 10771 1961-62
1962-63 1946 Bill Russell*000BOS 11398 Bill Russell*000BOS 11398 1962-63
1963-64 Bill Russell*000BOS 1930 13328 13328 1963-64
1964-65 1878 15206 15206 1964-65
1965-66 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHI 1965–68
000LAL 1968-69
1943 16985 16985 1965-66
1966-67 1957 18685 18685 1966-67
1967-68 1952 20136 20136 1967-68
1968-69 1712 21620 21620 1968-69
1969-70 Elvin Hayes*000SDR 1386 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 19333 1969-70
1970-71 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 1493 20826 1970-71
1971-72 1572 22398 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 22398 1971-72
1972-73 1526 23924 23924 1972-73
1973-74 Elvin Hayes*000CAP 1463 Walt Bellamy*
000ATL 1973–74
000NOJ 1974–75
14236 1973-74
1974-75 Bob McAdoo*000BUF 1155 14241 1974-75
1975-76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1383 Nate Thurmond*
000CHI 1975
000CLE 1975–77
14090 1975-77
1976-77 1090 14464 1976-77
1977-78 Truck Robinson000NOJ 1288 Elvin Hayes*
000WSB 1977–81
000HOU 1981–84
11977 1977-78
1978-79 Moses Malone*000HOU 1444 12971 1978-79
1979-80 Swen Nater000SDC 1216 13867 1979-80
1980-81 Moses Malone*
000HOU 1980–82
000PHI 1982–83
1180 14656 1980-81
1981-82 1188 15403 1981-82
1982-83 1194 16019 1982-83
1983-84 Bill Laimbeer000DET 1003 16279 1983-84
1984-85 Moses Malone*000PHI 1031 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 15627 1984-85
1985-86 Bill Laimbeer000DET 1075 16105 1985-86
1986-87 Charles Oakley000CHI 1074 16628 1986-87
1987-88 1066 17106 1987-88
1988-89 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 1105 17440 1988-89
1989-90 1149 Moses Malone*000
000ATL 1989–91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
14483 1989-90
1990-91 David Robinson*000SAS 1063 15150 1990-91
1991-92 Dennis Rodman*
000DET 1991–93
000SAS 1993–94
1530 15894 1991-92
1992-93 1132 15940 1992-93
1993-94 1367 16166 1993-94
1994-95 Dikembe Mutombo*000DEN 1029 16212 1994-95
1995-96 David Robinson*000SAS 1000 Robert Parish*
000CHH 1995–96
000CHI 1996–97
14626 1995-96
1996-97 Dikembe Mutombo*000ATL 929 14715 1996-97
1997-98 Dennis Rodman*000CHI 1201 Buck Williams000NYK 13017 1997-98
1998-99 Dikembe Mutombo*000ATL 610 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 12677 1998-99
1999-00 1157 12951 1999-00
2000-01 Ben Wallace000DET 1052 13382 2000-01
2001-02 Tim Duncan^000SAS 1042 Karl Malone*
000UTA 2001–03
000LAL 2003–04
13973 2001-02
2002-03 Ben Wallace000DET 1126 14601 2002-03
2003-04 Kevin Garnett^000MIN 1139 14968 2003-04
2004-05 1108 Kevin Willis000ATL 11893 2004-05
2005-06 Dwight Howard^000ORL 1022 Dikembe Mutombo*000HOU 11639 2005-06
2006-07 1008 12127 2006-07
2007-08 1161 12326 2007-08
2008-09 1093 Shaquille O'Neal
000PHO 2008–09
000CLE 2009–10
000BOS 2010–11
12566 2008-09
2009-10 1082 12921 2009-10
2010-11 Kevin Love^000MIN 1112 13099 2010-11
2011-12 Dwight Howard^000ORL 785 Kevin Garnett^
000BOS 2011–13
000BRK 2013–14
13313 2011-12
2012-13 Omer Asik^000HOU 956 13843 2012-13
2013-14 DeAndre Jordan^000LAC 1114 14201 2013-14
2014-15 1226 Tim Duncan^000SAS 14644 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. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record rebounding statistics until the 1950–51 season.
  2. ^ a b "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Total Rebounds". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  3. ^ 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.
  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. ^ Rebounds were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).

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