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 2015–16 NBA regular season.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2017 [4]
Only players with at least 50 win shares are shown for 1st time eligible Hall of Fame consideration.
Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team.[5]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[6] Total rebounds Games played Rebounds per game
average[7]
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*[8] 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 Duncan, TimTim Duncan PF/C San Antonio Spurs (19972016) 15,091 1,392 10.8
7 Malone, KarlKarl Malone* PF Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
14,968 1,476 10.1
8 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (19761980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
14,715 1,611 9.1
9 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007; 2015–present)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
14,662 1,462 10.0
10 Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond* C/PF San Francisco/Golden State Warriors (19631974)
Chicago Bulls (19741976)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19761977)
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*[9] 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 (19881999)
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 (19982001)
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 Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (19581971) 11,463 846 13.5
26 Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* PF Syracuse Nationals (1948–1950)[10]
Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19501964)
11,256 932 12.1
27 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Houston Rockets (2013–present)
11,149 880 12.7
28 Bridges, BillBill Bridges PF St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks (19631971)
Philadelphia 76ers (19711972)
Los Angeles Lakers (19721974)
Golden State Warriors (1975)
11,054 926 11.9
29 Sikma, JackJack Sikma C Seattle SuperSonics (19771986)
Milwaukee Bucks (19861991)
10,816 1,107 9.8
30 Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ PF Dallas Mavericks (1998–present) 10,540 1,340 7.9
31 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 10,497 987 10.6
32 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
33 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* C Boston Celtics (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (1982–1983)
10,444 766 13.6
34 Laimbeer, BillBill Laimbeer C Cleveland Cavaliers (19801982)
Detroit Pistons (19821993)
10,400 1,068 9.7
35 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
36 Marion, ShawnShawn Marion SF Phoenix Suns (19992008)
Miami Heat (20082009)
Toronto Raptors (2009)
Dallas Mavericks (20092014)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20142015)
10,101 1,163 8.7
37 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr C Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers (19541965)
Baltimore Bullets (1965–1966)
10,092 905 11.2
38 Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ PF/C Memphis Grizzlies (20012008)
Los Angeles Lakers (20082014)
Chicago Bulls (2014–present)
10,048 1,055 9.5
39 Lanier, BobBob Lanier* C Detroit Pistons (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (19801984)
9,698 959 10.1
40 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
41 DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere* SF Detroit Pistons (19621968)
New York Knicks (19681974)
9,618 875 11.0
42 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby PF/C Toronto Raptors (19961998)
New York Knicks (19982002, 2012–2013)
Denver Nuggets (20022008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082010)
Portland Trail Blazers (20102012)
Houston Rockets (2012)
9,513 973 9.8
43 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
44 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
45 Howell, BaileyBailey Howell* PF Detroit Pistons (19591964)
Baltimore Bullets (19641966)
Boston Celtics (19661970)
Philadelphia 76ers (1970–1971)
9,383 951 9.9
46 Divac, VladeVlade Divac C Los Angeles Lakers (19891996, 2004–2005)
Charlotte Hornets (19961998)
Sacramento Kings (19982004)
9,326 1,134 8.2
47 Randolph, ZachZach Randolph^ PF Portland Trail Blazers (20012007)
New York Knicks (20072008)
Los Angeles Clippers (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009–present)
9,213 984 9.4
48 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* C Chicago Bulls (19761982, 1987)
San Antonio Spurs (19821987)
Boston Celtics (1988)
9,161 909 10.1
49 Chandler, TysonTyson Chandler^ C Chicago Bulls (20012006)
New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets (20062009)
Charlotte Bobcats (2009–2010)
Dallas Mavericks (2010–2011, 2014–2015)
New York Knicks (20112014)
Phoenix Suns (2015–present)
9,137 986 9.3
50 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

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 conclusion of the 2015–16 NBA regular season.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2017 [11]
Only players with at least 50 win shares are shown for 1st time eligible Hall of Fame consideration.
Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team.[12]


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 1,080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1,080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1,080 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 1,080 1950-51
1951-52 Mel Hutchins000MLH
Larry Foust000FTW
880 1,853 1,853 1951-52
1952-53 George Mikan*000MNL 1,007 George Mikan*000MNL 2,831 George Mikan*000MNL 2,831 1952-53
1953-54 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 1,098 3,859 3,859 Harry Gallatin*000NYK 1,098 1953-54
1954-55 Neil Johnston*000PHW 1,085 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 4,530 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 4,530 1954-55
1955-56 Bob Pettit*000STL 1,164 5,421 5,421 Bob Pettit*000STL 1,164 1955-56
1956-57 Maurice Stokes*000ROC 1,256 6,429 6,429 Maurice Stokes*000ROC 1,256 1956-57
1957-58 Bill Russell*000BOS 1,564 7,451 7,451 Bill Russell*000BOS 1,564 1957-58
1958-59 1,612 8,413 8,413 1,612 1958-59
1959-60 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHW 1959–62
000SFW 1962–63
1,941 9,372 9,372 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 1,941 1959-60
1960-61 2,149 10,332 10,332 2,149 1960-61
1961-62 2,052 10,771 10,771 1961-62
1962-63 1,946 Bill Russell*000BOS 11,398 Bill Russell*000BOS 11,398 1962-63
1963-64 Bill Russell*000BOS 1,930 13,328 13,328 1963-64
1964-65 1,878 15,206 15,206 1964-65
1965-66 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHI 1965–68
000LAL 1968-69
1,943 16,985 16,985 1965-66
1966-67 1,957 18,685 18,685 1966-67
1967-68 1,952 20,136 20,136 1967-68
1968-69 1,712 21,620 21,620 1968-69
1969-70 Elvin Hayes*000SDR 1,386 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 19,333 1969-70
1970-71 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 1,493 20,826 1970-71
1971-72 1,572 22,398 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 22,398 1971-72
1972-73 1,526 23,924 23,924 1972-73
1973-74 Elvin Hayes*000CAP 1,463 Walt Bellamy*
000ATL 1973–74
000NOJ 1974–75
14,236 1973-74
1974-75 Bob McAdoo*000BUF 1,155 14,241 1974-75
1975-76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1,383 Nate Thurmond*
000CHI 1975
000CLE 1975–77
14,090 1975-77
1976-77 1,090 14,464 1976-77
1977-78 Truck Robinson000NOJ 1,288 Elvin Hayes*
000WSB 1977–81
000HOU 1981–84
11,977 1977-78
1978-79 Moses Malone*000HOU 1,444 12,971 1978-79
1979-80 Swen Nater000SDC 1,216 13,867 1979-80
1980-81 Moses Malone*
000HOU 1980–82
000PHI 1982–83
1,180 14,656 1980-81
1981-82 1,188 15,403 1981-82
1982-83 1,194 16,019 1982-83
1983-84 Bill Laimbeer000DET 1,003 16,279 1983-84
1984-85 Moses Malone*000PHI 1,031 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 15,627 1984-85
1985-86 Bill Laimbeer000DET 1,075 16,105 1985-86
1986-87 Charles Oakley000CHI 1,074 16,628 1986-87
1987-88 1,066 17,106 1987-88
1988-89 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 1,105 17,440 1988-89
1989-90 1,149 Moses Malone*000
000ATL 1989–91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
14,483 1989-90
1990-91 David Robinson*000SAS 1,063 15,150 1990-91
1991-92 Dennis Rodman*
000DET 1991–93
000SAS 1993–94
1,530 15,894 1991-92
1992-93 1,132 15,940 1992-93
1993-94 1,367 16,166 1993-94
1994-95 Dikembe Mutombo*000DEN 1,029 16,212 1994-95
1995-96 David Robinson*000SAS 1,000 Robert Parish*
000CHH 1995–96
000CHI 1996–97
14,626 1995-96
1996-97 Dikembe Mutombo*000ATL 929 14,715 1996-97
1997-98 Dennis Rodman*000CHI 1,201 Buck Williams000NYK 13,017 1997-98
1998-99 Dikembe Mutombo*000ATL 610 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 12,677 1998-99
1999-00 1,157 12,951 1999-00
2000-01 Ben Wallace§000DET 1,052 13,382 2000-01
2001-02 Tim Duncan000SAS 1,042 Karl Malone*
000UTA 2001–03
000LAL 2003–04
13,973 2001-02
2002-03 Ben Wallace§000DET 1,126 14,601 2002-03
2003-04 Kevin Garnett^000MIN 1,139 14,968 2003-04
2004-05 1,108 Kevin Willis000ATL 11,893 2004-05
2005-06 Dwight Howard^000ORL 1,022 Dikembe Mutombo*000HOU 11,639 2005-06
2006-07 1,008 12,127 2006-07
2007-08 1,161 12,326 2007-08
2008-09 1,093 Shaquille O'Neal*
000PHO 2008–09
000CLE 2009–10
000BOS 2010–11
12,566 2008-09
2009-10 1,082 12,921 2009-10
2010-11 Kevin Love^000MIN 1,112 13,099 2010-11
2011-12 Dwight Howard^000ORL 785 Kevin Garnett^
000BOS 2011–13
000BRK 2013–14
13,313 2011-12
2012-13 Ömer Aşık^000HOU 956 13,843 2012-13
2013-14 DeAndre Jordan^000LAC 1,114 14,201 2013-14
2014-15 1,226 Tim Duncan000SAS 14,644 2014-15
2015-16 Andre Drummond^000DET 1,198 15,091 2015-16
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 b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for four calendar years (reduced from five in 2015); player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2016–17 NBA season.
  4. ^ "2017 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "NBA Win Shares". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  8. ^ Previously known as Lew Alcindor prior to an official name change on May 1, 1971.
  9. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to an official spelling change on March 9, 1991.
  10. ^ Rebounds were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).
  11. ^ "2017 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "NBA Win Shares". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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