Dwight Howard had a spectacular game last night. He scored 17 points and pulled down 26 rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats and undoubtedly made the most of his first game in Houston Rockets uniform.
For the first time since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77, Dwight Howard is the only player who has been able to to grab 26 rebounds in any game of opening night. Lets check who else came close to this record.
Sidney Wicks — 23 (October 10, 1980)
The previous record for rebounds was set in 1980-81 season, when Sidney Wicks grabbed 23 rebounds in a game against Houston Rockets. Wicks’ San Diego won the game 120-104.
Anderson Varejao — 23 (October 30, 2012)
In 2012, Anderson Varejao tied the Wicks’ mark and hauled down a total of 23 rebounds (of which 12 coming on the offensive end).
Sidney Wicks — 22 (October 21, 1976)
Sidney Wicks’ 22 rebounds were the fourth most by a player on opening night. The performance came in the road game against Indiana when he was making a debut for the Boston Celtics.
Robert Parish — 22 (November 4, 1988)
The last player to have 22 rebounds in opening night game is Robert Parish. He had 22 rebounds and 21 points in that game and his team Boston went on to win this game against New York Knicks.
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