From 1957-1969, every single season rebounding leader in the NBA averaged more than 20 rebounds per game. Of course, there were only two men who held the title of rebounding king in that span—Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
The feat has not been accomplished since.
This shortened NBA season may very well be the year that milestone is toppled once again. Following back-to-back 24-rebound nights, Dwight Howard is averaging 17.5 rebounds per game through four games and just may be the Superman to clean the glass better than a bottle of Windex.
Dennis Rodman came close during the 1991-92 season, averaging 18.7 RPG.
Howard has the ball in his hands more and also has the tendency to miss and retrieve his own shot—a decided advantage when chasing this mark.
Can Dwight Howard reach the magical plateau and become one of the best rebounders in the history of the game? Time will tell...
Paul Swaney is the Co-Founder of StadiumJourney.com