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Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard and the Quest for 20 Rebounds Per Game

ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 26:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IMay 31, 2016

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

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