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NBA Players With The Most Rebounds In A Game Without Scoring A Single Point: Dennis Rodman Was The Best Rebounder Ever And It's Not Even Close

NBA Players With The Most Rebounds Without Scoring Points In A Game: Dennis Rodman Was The Best Rebounder Ever And It's Not Even Close

Rebounding is a hard job. It takes a special person to be in the middle of the pile and come out with a rebound after a physical back and forth. That is why Dennis Rodman is one of the greatest players to ever do it. Rodman never cared about scoring points. It was all about doing his job, which was typically playing defense and grabbing a missed shot.

Rodman isn’t the only player that was magical at this. With that said, sometimes the ball just doesn’t want to go in the hoop and you just need to fulfill your role for that night. Your teammates can pick you up offensively, but you just need to make sure they get the ball. There have been 12 times that players haven’t scored in a game and have recorded at least 20 rebounds. These players knew their role.

These are the players who recorded the most rebounds in a game without scoring any points.


12. Happy Hairston - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0-6 FG

Happy Hairston

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons 94-92 (Win)

The Lakers were able to edge out a two-point win over the Pistons with 34 points from Gail Goodrich, while Jerry West added 23 points. However, nobody was likely happier, no pun intended than Happy Hairston.

Hairston did his part despite missing all six shot attempts by pulling down 20 rebounds. That included eight offensive rebounds and 12 defensives. In 39 minutes of action, he gave the Lakers a reason to keep him on the floor.


11. Clyde Lee - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0-2 FG

Clyde Lee

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls 103-88 (Win)

Lee put in the most minutes but didn’t score a single basket. Out of all starters, Lee led the Warriors with 43 minutes played. He took just two shots, but everyone knew why he was on the floor. It was to rebound as he recorded 20 rebounds to help the Warriors win by 15 points.

Rick Barry led all scorers with 43 points, while Jeff Mullins complimented him with 24 points of his own. Butch Beard and Nate Thurmond also scored in double figures. While it might have been four on five on offense, the Warriors still scored over 100 points.


10. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0-4 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0-4 FG

San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz 102-87 (Loss)

Rodman tied David Robinson for the most minutes played with 43 each. The only difference was that Robison nearly recorded a triple-double in the win. Robinson shot 9 of 16 from the floor to go with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Rodman must have had one job in this game. Rebounds, get the ball up the floor and play defense, while Robinson took care of the rest on offense.

Unfortunately, despite the two solid performances, the Jazz took care of business by holding Dale Ellis to seven points, while Karl Malone led the Jazz with 27 points of his own. Impressively, both teams shot around 48% from the field, but the Jazz scored 15 more points.


9. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0-4 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0-4 FG

San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings 107-91 (Win)

Rodman came off the bench to give the Spurs 20 rebounds. That included 17 defensive rebounds in 36 minutes of action. The key start to notice is that Rodman didn’t take a single shot in the win. Because of his hustle and rebounding, he remained on the floor over the likes of Dale Ellis and Willie Anderson.

David Robinson picked up the slack in that department with 31 points. The Spurs had contributions with 14 points from Terry Cummings as well. At the time, the Kings were one of the worst teams in the league with a 12-28 record.


8. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 0-2 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 0-2 FG

San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets 117-111 (Win)

Rodman nearly finished this game with a double-double but didn’t score any points. He finished with 20 rebounds, 16 of which were on the defensive end, and eight assists. He rounded out a starting lineup that had four double-digit scorers to make up for his lack of scoring.

Rodman played the most minutes with 34, but Robinson led the team in scoring with 24 points. Ellis added 17 points, while Anderson added 15 points. Vinny Del Negro added 10 points to round out the starting lineup.


7. Reggie Evans - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0-3 FG

Reggie Evans - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0-3 FG

Denver Nuggets @ Toronto Raptors 108-97 (Win)

The Nuggets scored over 100 points with two players in their starting lineup combining for four points. Francisco Elson scored four points, while Evans contributed nothing, but he did have one of the best defensive rebounding games ever for a player with zero points. Out of his 20 rebounds, Evas pulled down 19 defensive boards.

The Nuggets defeated the Raptors thanks to 23 points from Andre Miller, while Ruben Patterson and Carmelo Anthony contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Evans took three shots in total and missed all. He must have thought he was better off rebounding.


6. Marcus Camby - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0-3 FG

Marcus Camby - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0-3 FG

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers 111-107 (Loss)

When you have Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony on the same roster, you don’t necessarily need to worry about putting up points on the board. At least, that is what Marcus Camby did in this game. Camby, a former Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 16 defensive rebounds in his 20-rebound game while leaving the offense to the professionals.

Iverson scored 51 points, while Anthony added 26 points of his own. However, you have to wonder if Camby could have made one basket and a couple of free throws. The Nuggets lost by four points and those points would have come in handy.


5. Marcus Camby - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-3 FG

Marcus Camby - 0 Points, 20 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-3 FG

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns 109-71 (Win)

This was before the days of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, but this particular day, they didn’t need the sharpshooters. LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, and Gerald Wallace teamed up to score 56 points, while the defense clamped down to hold the Suns to 71 points. It didn’t matter that Camby was 0-3 from the field with zero points.

Camby did provide 20 rebounds where 18 were on the defensive end. He also pulled down 20 rebounds in just 23 minutes and 40 seconds of playing time. Imagine if he played 10 more minutes. Could he get to 30? It wouldn’t have mattered as the Trail Blazers blew out the Suns by 38 points.


4. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 21 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 0-4 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 21 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 0-4 FG

Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns 111-104 (Win)

The Bulls were without Scottie Pippen but were able to grind out a 111-104 win. Rodman finished with zero points but 21 rebounds, 17 of which came on the defensive end. Rodman and Michael Jordan were the only two players for the Bulls to log at least 36 minutes of action. Jordan took care of the Bulls offensively with 31 points.

Rodman added six assists, but also added six turnovers. Without Rodman, the Suns would have bullied the Bulls inside, but with Rodman’s help, the team outrebounded Phoenix 53-44. In the end, this was just another hard-fought victory.


3. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 24 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-1 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 24 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-1 FG

Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs 93-91 (Loss)

This is one of two games that featured a legendary two-game stretch in rebounding history. Two days after recording 25 rebounds, Rodman pulled down 24 rebounds in a loss to the Kings. Rodman played 43 minutes of action and took only one shot. In the end, he nearly finished with the same amount of offensive and defensive rebounds.

Rodman had 11 offensive rebounds to 13 defensives. He also missed two free throws at the line that could have been the game-tying points. The Spurs had 32 points come from David Robinson, but the Kings were able to withstand Rodman’s rebounding performance. Altogether, Rodman secured 24 of the team’s 45 rebounds.


2. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0-1 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0-1 FG

San Antonio Spurs @ Phoenix Suns 101-93 (Loss)

The 49 rebounds that Rodman amassed in two games started with this game. This was on November 10, 1993, with the latter being on November 12. Rodman was in the rebounding zone during this stretch. In this game, Rodman played 12 more minutes than any member of the Spurs but took only one shot. Imagine this. Imagine having 49 rebounds and going 0-2 from the field. That is exactly what Rodman did 28 years ago.

The Spurs came up short despite 32 points coming from Robinson. Rodman finished with seven offensive rebounds to 18 defensive rebounds. Chris Whitney added 10 points and 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. In the end, the Suns rode 25 points from Charles Barkley to come out with the win.


1. Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 28 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-5 FG

Dennis Rodman - 0 Points, 28 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0-5 FG

San Antonio Spurs @ Charlotte Hornets 92-88 (Win)

Three weeks later after his performance against the Suns, Rodman pulled down a record 28 rebounds against the Hornets on December 1, 1993. In the same season, in a matter of a month, Rodman collected the first, second, and third most rebounds by a player with zero points. That also means that he recorded 77 rebounds on a combined 0-7 shooting, as he finished 0-5 from the field in this game.

This game featured four members of the starting lineup playing at least 44 minutes or more. Rodman recorded double-digit rebounds on both sides. He had 10 offensive rebounds and 18 defensive rebounds. The Spurs were able to muscle out the win as Robinson had 31 points, Ellis with 24 points, Anderson with 18 points and Negele Knight with 14 points. 

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