Who were the greatest rebounding teams in NBA History? This list below attempts to deliver an answer.
Teams beginning with the 1971 NBA & ABA seasons are ranked by their rebounding production. We start with '71 because that's when we first have team & opponent rebounds.
Unfortunately two candidates for the greatest rebounder in basketball history played almost entirely before we have opponent rebounding stats. Without this piece of data it's hard to estimate rebounding chances for Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Still, late career Wilt makes an appearance in the table below.
The players listed are the teams top two in total rebounds with a third slot for the teams leader in minutes (shown if he wasn't also a top-2 rebounder).
Elite Rebounding Teams in NBA History
|REBOUND %||Team's Leading||Rebounders||in Minutes Played|
|1973||Celtics||54.8%||Dave Cowens||Paul Silas|
|2016||Thunder||54.7%||Enes Kanter||Russell Westbrook|
|1995||Trail Blazers||54.4%||Chris Dudley||Buck Williams||Clifford Robinson|
|1974||Celtics||54.4%||Dave Cowens||Paul Silas|
|1976||Celtics||54.0%||Dave Cowens||Paul Silas||Jo Jo White|
|1996||Bulls||54.0%||Dennis Rodman||Michael Jordan|
|1994||Spurs||53.9%||Dennis Rodman||David Robinson|
|2012||Bulls||53.9%||Joakim Noah||Carlos Boozer||Luol Deng|
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