The Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading rebounders are topped by four Hall of Famers and an active future Hall of Famer. Two players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor, each hauled in more than 10,000 rebounds in a Lakers’ jersey.
5. Shaquille O’Neal: 6,090 rebounds
The NBA’s active leader in both points and rebounds, Shaquille O’Neal sits fifth among the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading rebounders. O’Neal switched coasts to join the Lakers in 1996 and he averaged more than 20 points and ten rebounds per game for each of his eight seasons with the franchise. A four-time champion, 15-time All-Star, and NBA MVP, O’Neal owns career averages of 24.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in 1,188 games. He is also the second leading rebounder in Orlando Magic history and his 13,039 total boards place him 12th in NBA history.
4. Wilt Chamberlain: 6,524 rebounds
Four-time NBA MVP Wilt Chamberlain is the fourth leading rebounder in Los Angeles Lakers’ history. As one of the most prolific statistical players in basketball, Chamberlain grabbed an NBA record 23,924 rebounds in his 14-year career. He spent his last five seasons in LA where he averaged 17.7 points, 19.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Chamberlain owns the seven highest single-season rebounding totals in NBA history and he grabbed a league record 27.2 per game in 1960-61.
3. Magic Johnson: 6,559 rebounds
Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson stands third on the list of Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading rebounders. A terrific all-around talent, Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists for his 13-year career with the Lakers. While leading the Lakers to five titles in the 1980s, Magic became the franchise leader in assists with 10,141, making him one of only four basketball players to ever dish out more than 10,000. He had his top rebounding season in 1981-82 with 9.6 per game.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 10,279 rebounds
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ranks second among the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading rebounders. After six seasons in Milwaukee in which he won three NBA MVP Awards and one championship, Abdul-Jabbar added three more MVPs and five more titles with the Lakers while averaging 22.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. As a Laker, he scored 24,176 of his record 38,387 points and tallied 10,279 of his 17,440 rebounds, the third highest rebounding total in NBA history. Also the Bucks’ career rebounding leader, the Hall of Fame center is the third leading shot-blocker in league history with 3,189 rejections.
1. Elgin Baylor: 11,463 rebounds
The Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading rebounder is Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor. A versatile and athletic forward, Baylor played his entire 14-year career with the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers with averages of 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. The owner of the ninth highest rebounding average in NBA history, Baylor reached as high as 19.8 boards per game in the 1960-61 season. He was named to the All-NBA First Team ten times and he sits in the NBA’s all-time top 25 in both points (23,149) and rebounds.
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