Top 10 NBA Shot Blockers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . ...read more.

Late in Wilt's career, the NBA was considering adding blocked shots to its list of official stats.
In one of the "test" games, Wilt recorded 26 blocks.
The year after Wilt retired, blocks were officially added, but its quite clear he is the NBA's blocked shot leader.

Wilt blocked more shots than Russell, and they are easily the 1-2 shot blockers in NBA history.
Wilt enjoyed hammering shots far into the seats, in essence saying "not in my house" long before the saying became popular.

The way NBA players are measured today, with basketball shoes on, Wilt would be listed on the team roster at 7-3 tall.
He also had the highest vertical of any 7-footer in NBA history, and a wingspan several inches wider than Yao Ming.
There has never been another physical specimen like Wilt in the NBA.

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2 Bill Russell Bill Russell

Bill Russell would actually block the shot and get the rebound, or block the shot to another player on his team and you would have what amounted to a 4 point swing... The paint was his... Yup.

Bill Russell could tip the ball and force a turnover while Wilt Chamberlain made volleyball swats that went into the third row which only let the other team keep the ball

When you see how he blocked wilt's duck and add all of the fast break points produced after his blocks plus 11 nba rings. He is second to none.

Wilt blocked to hard but Bill played smart - 2storm

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3 Nate Thurmond Nate Thurmond

Nate Thurmond was awesome and if not for Chamberlain and Russell would have owned the NBA and the paint. He has the first recorded quadruple double... After they started counting blocked shot stats. He was almost as strong as Chamberlain and almost as skillful as Russell... He was a joy to watch.

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4 Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American retired professional basketball player.

Its obviously him if he has the most blocks out of anyone EVER.

At best Hakeem is in third place for all-time blocks, and more likely fourth place.
Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russells blocks were never tallied, but they are 1-2 in all-time blocks by a mile.
Ditto Kareem's blocks were not counted for his first three years, and it might even be Nate Thurmond in fourth place, dropping Hakeem to fifth.

5 Dikembe Mutombo

Shawn Bradley couldn't block carp but this guy should be second to Bill Russell - 2storm

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6 Mark Eaton

Shut down the paint, helped the Jazz to be a legitimate team.

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7 Alonzo Mourning
8 Bobby Jones
9 Patrick Ewing
10 Ben Wallace

Easily one of the most athletic players of all time, is tied for most defensive players of the year awards. He is only discredited because of his poor performance at the line.

The Contenders

11 Tim Duncan Tim Duncan Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
12 Manute Bol

7 feet, 7 inches tall; the tallest NBA player in history.

13 David Robinson David Robinson David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.

He served his military obligation his first two years, and would have easily had another 600 blocks. Another 200 more if he hadn't been injured in 1996-97.

14 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

He was in intimidating defender, but not a great shot blocker due to his lack of vertical.

15 Gheorghe Mureșan

May or may not have been as tall as Manute Bol; he was a pituitary giant who had the NBA pay for surgery to stop his growth.

16 Shawn Bradley
17 Jermaine O'Neal Jermaine O'Neal Jermaine Lee O'Neal is an American former professional basketball player. The 6 ft 11 in, 255 lb forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school.

Wilt Chamberlain would chew up and spit out little pieces of Jermaine O'Neal.

Jermaine O'Neal should be number one he is the greatest shot and dunk blocker of all time. - DavidHayes

18 Josh Smith
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