Top 10 Shot Blockers in NBA HistoryIn the annals of NBA history, shot blockers have held a place of unique prestige. These athletes aren't just tall guys who hang around the basket - they're masters of anticipation, agility, and game intelligence. They're the ones who, in the heat of the game, rise like titans to intercept what seemed like sure-fire baskets and turn them into thunderous rejections.
The best shot blockers in NBA history are known for their knack for intimidation. They don't just defend the hoop; they demoralize their opponents. A great shot blocker can make an offensive player think twice about driving towards the basket, creating a mental game that's as important as the physical one.
But let's not forget the spectacle. The roar of the crowd as a powerful block is made, the expression of shock and awe on the faces of fans, players, and coaches alike - it's an integral part of the NBA experience. Shot blockers often become fan favorites because they bring that element of surprise and raw energy to the game.
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).
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.