A great rebounder is capable of dominating the boards on both ends of the floor. Not just grabbing defensive rebounds, but also being able to keep possession alive on the offensive end of the floor. Not just their career averages, but the rate at which they did it.
5. Charles Barkley
- Sir Charles was an absolute monster on the backboard. His nickname was “The Round Mound of Rebound”! What separated Barkley from other players was that he jumped side to side instead of up and down, which utilized his big size to clear out other players. For a shorter guy, he could grab rebounds with the best of them. He currently ranks 18th in career rebounds, but he is number five on this list because of his lack of height.
4. Moses Malone
- Big Moses with his extremely deep voice that almost nobody could understand. He is currently the NBA’s all-time leader in offensive rebounds and is fifth all-time in career rebounds. He was one of the most physical rebound-grabbers in the NBA for a long time, especially on the offensive glass. What made him so good was his ability to physically wear down his opponents, which led to him grabbing offensive rebounds late in the game.
3. Bill Russell
- The player with most most rings in NBA history is also the player that was the first to master the art of rebounding. He was the guy that made it pivotal to grab the ball with both hands, especially when he would battle with Wilt in the middle. He was the reason that the Celtics were so good because he closed out so many defensive possessions by cleaning the backboards. The guy once averaged 30 rebounds per game!
2. Wilt Chamberlain
- Wilt “The Stilts” Chamberlain! The league’s all-time leader in rebounds and the record-holder for rebounds in a game with 55. Nobody has come close to that record since. With his massive size and wingspan, Wilt was able to dominate the backboard because of his freakishly long limbs. His ability to grab offensive rebounds at a high rate came from his great timing with his jumps and ability to grab the ball with one hand. Fantastic!
1. Dennis Rodman
- Dennis Rodman was only around 6’7, but he rebounded like a 7-footer and did it against guys like Shaq, Hakeem, and The Admiral. I have never seen someone whose motor was so high and could read where the ball was coming off the rim as well as Rodman. His greatest attribute was his ability to jump multiple times in succession and then tip the ball to himself when battling larger opponents. He is the NBA record holder for leading the league in rebounds for 7 straight years.