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    The most important thing in basketball is gaining the possession of the ball. Only after that one can shoot, score and win a game and rebounding is a way to keep the ball in possession. It can be done on both the defensive and offensive ends, either your teammate misses a shot or an opposition player fumbles the ball. Here is a list of those players who amassed most number of rebounds in their career. It includes both the offensive and defensive rebounds made in regular season.

    1. Wilt Chamberlain (23,924)

    Wilt Chamberlain is an all time rebounding leader with 23,924 rebounds. It’s not the only rebounding record he owns, there are so many more, for example, he holds the record for most rebounds in a single season (2,149 in 1960-61), most rebounds in a game (55, November 24, 1960 against Boston Celtics) and best career average in rebounds (22.9 rpg). He also led the league in rebounding 11 of his 14 seasons.

    2. Bill Russell (21,62o)

    Bill Russell was another player who dominated the league in rebounding. He grabbed 21,62o  rebounds  in his career with an average of 22.5 rebounds per game. Furthermore, he holds the record for the most rebounds in playoffs (40 rebounds twice in NBA finals).

    3. Kareem Abdul- Jabbar (17,440)

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is ranked third in the list of most career rebounds. He tallied a total of 17,440 rebounds in his 20-year career. He particularly displayed defensive rebounding abilities on many occasions. On December 14, 1975, he got 29 defensive rebounds against Detroit Pistons and set the record for the most defensive rebounds in a game. Same year, he totaled 1,111 defensive rebounds, making a record for most defensive rebounds in single season.

    4. Elvin Hayes (16,279)

    Elvin Hayes pulled down 16,279 rebounds in his careers. He became rebounding champion twice, in 1969-70 and 1973-74 season. In that era, either Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell were leading the league in rebounding. In fact, since 1957, only they were taking the rebounding titles before Elvin Hayes won it in 1969-70 season.

    5. Moses Malone (16,212)

    Moses Malone spent 19 years in NBA and finished his career with 16,212 rebounds. Out of which 6,731 rebounds he grabbed at the offensive end and set the record for the most offensive rebounds in NBA history. He also won 6 rebounding titles in his career including 5 consecutive from 1981 to 1985.




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