NBA Power Rankings: Kevin Love and the 50 Best Rebounders in NBA History

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NBA Power Rankings: Kevin Love and the 50 Best Rebounders in NBA History
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Kevin Love is having a historically significant season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  

He's averaging nearly 16 rebounds per game.  The last person to average over 15 rebounds per game for a season was Ben Wallace during the 2002-03 campaign.  The only other active player to average over 14 a game for an entire season is Dwight Howard.

He's rebounding in a way that we just don't see in the NBA anymore—his 30-30 game a few months ago will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the 2009-10 season.

If Kevin Love continues to rebound like this for the rest of his career, he could find himself among the top 10 to 15 rebounders in NBA history.

His prolific rebounding got some of us here at Bleacher Report to thinking about the all-time best in this category.  I've set out to rank the 50 best rebounders of all-time.


How I Ranked Them

In trying to decide how to assemble this slideshow, I considered several different factors: total rebounds per game (hereafter referred to as RPG), the era the player played in (and how he would perform in different eras), the player's size and position, career highs in rebounding and, of course, my own subjectivity.

Another stat that received some heavy consideration was rebounding percentage, which essentially estimates the percentage of available rebounds that a player collects.  If a player is on the floor for 10 missed shots and he gets two rebounds, his rebounding percentage would be 20 percent.

I'll also consider the amount of rebounds a player averages per 36 minutes of playing time (RP36).

On some slides I may refer to total rebounding percentage (TRP), defensive rebounding percentage (DRP) and offensive rebounding percentage (ORP).

So, without further ado...let's get this rolling.

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