National Basketball Association all-time rebounding leaders 1946-2020

Wilt Chamberlain is the all-time rebound leader of the National Basketball Association with a total of 23,924 rebounds in his career. The highest ranked player still active in the NBA is Dwight Howard of the Washington Wizards, who has a total of 13,587 assists to his name.

Basketball legends

In basketball, a rebound is defined as a player either retrieving the ball after a missed field goal or free throw or tipping in a missed shot on an offensive play. Wilt Chamberlain is the undisputed king of the rebounds, having racked up almost 24 thousand in his 14-year career as a center in the NBA. Chamberlain spent the last five years of his career at the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the honor of being the Lakers’ all-time rebound leader does not belong to Chamberlain, but rather to Elgin Baylor. The small forward spent his whole career, 13 seasons in total, at the Lakers and amassed 11,463 rebounds. The remaining top five in the list of Lakers rebound leaders is made up of legends of the game - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and Magic Johnson.

All-time scoring leaders

The aforementioned legends of the game also all make it onto the list of NBA all-time scoring leaders. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops this list, having scored a total of 38,387 points in his career between 1969 and 1989. He played for two teams during his career, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. While he sits top of the pile of point scorers for the Bucks, he only claims third place for the Lakers, behind Kobe Bryant and Jerry West. The highest active player on the NBA scorers list is LeBron James. James passed Kobe Bryant on the list in January 2020, scoring his 33,644th point in a regular season game against the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Lakers forward still going strong, it remains to be seen how much further he can climb up the list.

NBA all-time leaders - total number of rebounds** as of February 11, 2020

NBA playerNumber of rebounds
Wilt Chamberlain 23,924
Bill Russell21,620
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 17,440
Elvin Hayes 16,279
Moses Malone 16,212
Tim Duncan15,091
Karl Malone 14,968
Robert Parish 14,715
Kevin Garnett14,662
Nate Thurmond14,464
Walt Bellamy14,241
Wes Unseld13,769
Hakeem Olajuwon 13,748
Dwight Howard*13,587
Shaquille O'Neal 13,099
Buck Williams13,017
Jerry Lucas12,942
Bob Petit12,849
Charles Barkley 12,546
Dikembe Mutombo12,359
Paul Silas12,357
Charles Oakley12,546
Dennis Rodman11,954
Kevin Willis11,901
Patrick Ewing 11,607
Dirk Nowitzki11,489
Elgin Baylor 11,463
Pau Gasol*11,305
Dolph Schayes11,256
Bill Bridges11,054
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Release date

February 2020


North America

Survey time period

1946 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Active players.
** Regular season.

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