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List of National Basketball Association season rebounding leaders

In basketball, a rebound is the act of gaining possession of the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. An offensive rebound occurs when a player recovers the ball after their own or a teammate's missed shot attempt, while a defensive rebound occurs when a player recovers the ball after an opponent's missed shot attempt.[1] The National Basketball Association's (NBA) rebounding title is awarded to the player with the highest rebounds per game average in a given season. It was first recognized in the 1950–51 season, when statistics on rebounds were first compiled by the Basketball Association of America (BAA), predecessor of the NBA. Players who earned rebounding titles before the 1973–74 season did not record any offensive or defensive rebounds because statistics on them were not recorded before that season.[2] To qualify for the rebounding title, a player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 800 rebounds. This has been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season.[3]

Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time records for total rebounds (2,149) and rebounds per game (27.2) in a season; both records were achieved in the 1960–61 season.[4] He also holds the rookie records for total rebounds, with 1,941 in the 1959–60 season.[5] Among active players, Dwight Howard has the highest season rebound total (1,161 in the 2007–08 season) and Kevin Love has the highest season rebounding average (15.23 in the 2010–11 season). At 22 years, 130 days, Howard is the youngest rebounding leader in NBA history (achieved in the 2007–08 season),[6] while Dennis Rodman is the oldest at 36 years, 341 days (achieved in the 1997–98 season).

Chamberlain has won the most rebounding titles in his career, with 11.[4] Dennis Rodman has won seven consecutive rebounding titles.[7] Moses Malone has won six rebounding titles. Bill Russell and Dwight Howard have both won five rebounding titles. Kevin Garnett, Elvin Hayes, George Mikan, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Wallace are the only other players who have won the title multiple times. Five players have won the rebounding title and the NBA championship in the same season: Mikan in 1952 and 1953 with the Minneapolis Lakers; Russell in 1957, 1959, 1964, and 1965 with the Boston Celtics; Chamberlain in 1967 and 1972 with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; Malone in 1983 with the 76ers; and Rodman in 1996, 1997, and 1998 with the Chicago Bulls.

Key

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been the
rebounding leader up to and including that season
G Guard F Forward C Center

Rebounding leaders




Season Player Position[lower-alpha 1] Team Games
played
Offensive
rebounds
Defensive
rebounds
Total
rebounds
Rebounds per
game
References
1950–51 Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes* F/C Syracuse Nationals 66 1,080 16.36 [8][9]
1951–52 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan*[lower-alpha 2] C Minneapolis Lakers 64 886 13.53 [10][11]
1952–53 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* (2) C Minneapolis Lakers 70 1,007 14.39 [11][12]
1953–54 Gallatin, HarryHarry Gallatin* F/C New York Knicks 72 1,098 15.25 [13][14]
1954–55 Johnston, NeilNeil Johnston* C Philadelphia Warriors 72 1,085 15.07 [15][16]
1955–56 Stokes, MauriceMaurice Stokes*[lower-alpha 3] F/C Rochester Royals 67 1,094 16.33 [17][18]
1956–57 Russell, BillBill Russell*[lower-alpha 4] C Boston Celtics 48 943 19.65 [19][20]
1957–58 Russell, BillBill Russell* (2) C Boston Celtics 69 1,564 22.67 [20][21]
1958–59 Russell, BillBill Russell* (3) C Boston Celtics 70 1,612 23.03 [20][22]
1959–60 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain*[lower-alpha 5] C Philadelphia Warriors 72 1,941 26.96 [23][24]
1960–61 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (2)[lower-alpha 6] C Philadelphia Warriors 79 2,149 27.20 [24][25]
1961–62 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (3) C Philadelphia Warriors 80 2,052 25.65 [24][26]
1962–63 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (4) C San Francisco Warriors 80 1,946 24.32 [24][27]
1963–64 Russell, BillBill Russell* (4) C Boston Celtics 78 1,930 24.74 [20][28]
1964–65 Russell, BillBill Russell* (5) C Boston Celtics 78 1,878 24.08 [20][29]
1965–66 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (5) C Philadelphia 76ers 79 1,943 24.59 [24][30]
1966–67 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (6) C Philadelphia 76ers 81 1,957 24.16 [24][31]
1967–68 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (7) C Philadelphia 76ers 82 1,952 23.80 [24][32]
1968–69 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (8) C Los Angeles Lakers 81 1,712 21.14 [24][33]
1969–70 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* C San Diego Rockets 82 1,386 16.90 [34][35]
1970–71 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (9) C Los Angeles Lakers 82 1,493 18.21 [24][36]
1971–72 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (10) C Los Angeles Lakers 82 1,572 19.17 [24][37]
1972–73 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* (11) C Los Angeles Lakers 82 1,526 18.61 [24][38]
1973–74 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* (2) F Capital Bullets 81 354 1,109 1,463 18.06 [35][39]
1974–75 Unseld, WesWes Unseld*[lower-alpha 7] C/F Washington Bullets 73 318 759 1,077 14.75 [40][41]
1975–76 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* C Los Angeles Lakers 82 272 1,111 1,383 16.87 [42][43]
1976–77 Walton, BillBill Walton*[lower-alpha 8] C/F Portland Trail Blazers 65 211 723 934 14.37 [44][45]
1977–78 Robinson, TruckTruck Robinson C/F New Orleans Jazz 82 298 990 1,288 15.71 [46][47]
1978–79 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* C/F Houston Rockets 82 587 857 1,444 17.61 [48][49]
1979–80 Nater, SwenSwen Nater C San Diego Clippers 81 352 864 1,216 15.01 [50][51]
1980–81 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (2) C/F Houston Rockets 80 474 706 1,180 14.75 [49][52]
1981–82 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (3) C/F Houston Rockets 81 558 630 1,188 14.67 [49][53]
1982–83 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (4) C/F Philadelphia 76ers 78 445 749 1,194 15.31 [49][54]
1983–84 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (5)[lower-alpha 9] C/F Philadelphia 76ers 71 352 598 950 13.38 [49][55]
1984–85 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* (6) C/F Philadelphia 76ers 79 385 646 1,031 13.05 [49][56]
1985–86 Laimbeer, BillBill Laimbeer C Detroit Pistons 82 305 770 1,075 13.11 [57][58]
1986–87 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley*[lower-alpha 10] F Philadelphia 76ers 68 390 604 994 14.62 [59][60]
1987–88 Cage, MichaelMichael Cage[lower-alpha 11] F/C Los Angeles Clippers 72 371 567 938 13.03 [61][62]
1988–89 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* C Houston Rockets 82 338 767 1,105 13.48 [63][64]
1989–90 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* (2) C Houston Rockets 82 299 850 1,149 14.01 [64][65]
1990–91 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs 82 335 728 1,063 12.96 [66][67]
1991–92 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* F Detroit Pistons 82 523 1,007 1,530 18.66 [68][69]
1992–93 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (2) F Detroit Pistons 62 367 765 1,132 18.26 [69][70]
1993–94 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (3) F San Antonio Spurs 79 453 914 1,367 17.30 [69][71]
1994–95 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (4)[lower-alpha 12] F San Antonio Spurs 49 274 549 823 16.80 [69][72]
1995–96 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (5)[lower-alpha 13] F Chicago Bulls 64 356 596 952 14.88 [69][73]
1996–97 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (6)[lower-alpha 14] F Chicago Bulls 55 320 563 883 16.05 [69][74]
1997–98 Rodman, DennisDennis Rodman* (7) F Chicago Bulls 80 421 780 1,201 15.01 [69][75]
1998–99[lower-alpha 15] Webber, ChrisChris Webber[lower-alpha 16] F/C Sacramento Kings 42 149 396 545 12.98 [77][78]
1999–00 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo C Atlanta Hawks 82 304 853 1,157 14.11 [79][80]
2000–01 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo (2)[lower-alpha 17] C Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers
75 307 708 1,015 13.53 [80][81]
2001–02 Wallace, BenBen Wallace[lower-alpha 18] C/F Detroit Pistons 80 318 721 1,039 12.99 [82][83]
2002–03 Wallace, BenBen Wallace (2) C/F Detroit Pistons 73 293 833 1,126 15.42 [83][84]
2003–04 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ F Minnesota Timberwolves 82 245 894 1,139 13.89 [85][86]
2004–05 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ (2) F Minnesota Timberwolves 82 247 861 1,108 13.51 [86][87]
2005–06 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ (3)[lower-alpha 19] F Minnesota Timberwolves 76 214 752 966 12.71 [86][88]
2006–07 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ (4)[lower-alpha 20] F Minnesota Timberwolves 76 183 792 975 12.83 [86][89]
2007–08 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic 82 279 882 1,161 14.16 [90][91]
2008–09 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ (2) C Orlando Magic 79 336 757 1,093 13.84 [91]
2009–10 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ (3) C Orlando Magic 82 284 798 1,082 13.20 [91]
2010–11 Love, KevinKevin Love^ F/C Minnesota Timberwolves 73 330 782 1,112 15.23 [92]
2011–12[lower-alpha 21] Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ (4) C Orlando Magic 54 200 585 785 14.54 [91]
2012–13 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ (5)[lower-alpha 22] C Los Angeles Lakers 76 251 694 945 12.43 [91][94]

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