Top 10 Shot Blockers in NBA History
Wilt Chamberlain set the books by scoring the most points scored in a single game (100), most rebounds in a game (55), and most consecutive field goals (18).
He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. His biggest rival was former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, but they are also good friends. He won 2 NBA Titles, 1 with the 76ers and one with the Lakers. ...read more.
Almost 2 inches taller than Shaq, and over 2 inches wider at the shoulder, with a wingspan wider than Yao Ming's.
Higher vertical leap than any 7-footer in history, and would be listed as 7-3 on a modern roster the way they measure players now with their shoes on.
Something like Shaq but noticeably bigger, and a much better jumper; just a shot-blocking monster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russell would block the shot and get possession of the ball, not swat it out of bounds.
The smartest defender to ever play the game.. He will mentally defend you
So Kareem would have needed to average close to 300 blocked shots a game to be higher than Hakeem in blocked shots. Yes he was young and hungry during those years and quite capable of hitting that number but not guaranteed. A little disrespectful to The Dream to assume so easily that he would be 4th or 5th.
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.
I think Hakeem Olajuwon should be number 1 on this list. First of all, I don't even how Serge Ibaka is on this list
The best shot blocker of anyone who was not named Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell.
I think that Jermaine O'Neal is the best shot blocker of all time. Like when it comes to Jermaine O'Neal and blocking he is the best.
Jermaine O'Neal should be number one he is the greatest shot and dunk blocker of all time.
J o Neal monster big guy
Best of all time
Shawn Bradley couldn't block carp but this guy should be second to Bill Russell
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.
Quite possibly the third-best of all time, but he played in the shadow of Wilt and Russell.
Shut down the paint, helped the Jazz to be a legitimate team.
Yao Ming is so tall, he got more than 2 meters high, is hand is also super big, if you compost it, his hand may be twice bigger or more!
Best ever per 48
Just take a look at the list of most blocks in a single game. Enough said.
Not a big surprise, the guy was 7 feet, 7 inches tall.
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.
Even though he is under-sized Ben Wallace has been considered as the best shot-blocker of all time.
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.
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.