List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season leaders in blocking shots.
A progressive list of blocked shots leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.[1]

Career Blocked Shot Leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season leaders in blocking shots.[2]

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[4] Total blocks Games played[5] Blocks per game
average[6]
1 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[7] C Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
3,830 1,238 3.09
2 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo* C Denver Nuggets (19911996)
Atlanta Hawks (19962001)
Philadelphia 76ers (20012002)
New Jersey Nets (2002–2003)
New York Knicks (2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (20042009)
3,289 1,196 2.75
3 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[8] C Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1973)[9]
Milwaukee Bucks (19731975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
3,189 1,239 2.57
4 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton C Utah Jazz (19821993) 3,064 875 3.50
5 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 2,954 987 2.99
6 Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ PF/C San Antonio Spurs (1997–present) 2,941 1,331 2.21
7 Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing* C New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
2,894 1,183 2.45
8 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (19921996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19962004)
Miami Heat (20042008)
Phoenix Suns (20082009)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)
Boston Celtics (2010–2011)
2,732 1,207 2.26
9 Rollins, Wayne "Tree"Wayne "Tree" Rollins C Atlanta Hawks (19771988)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19881990)
Detroit Pistons (1990–1991)
Houston Rockets (19911993)
Orlando Magic (19931995)
2,542 1,156 2.20
10 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Golden State Warriors (19761980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
2,361 1,611 1.47
11 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* C Charlotte Hornets (19921995)
Miami Heat (19952002, 20042007)
New Jersey Nets (20032004)
2,356 838 2.81
12 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby PF/C Toronto Raptors (19961998)
New York Knicks (19982002, 2012–2013)
Denver Nuggets (20032008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082010)
Portland Trail Blazers (20102012)
Houston Rockets (2012)
2,331 973 2.40
13 Wallace, BenBen Wallace C/PF Washington Bullets/Wizards (19961999)
Orlando Magic (1999–2000)
Detroit Pistons (20002006, 20092012)
Chicago Bulls (20062008)
Cleveland Cavaliers (20082009)
2,137 1,088 1.96
14 Bradley, ShawnShawn Bradley C Philadelphia 76ers (19931995)
New Jersey Nets (19951997)
Dallas Mavericks (19972005)
2,119 832 2.55
15 Bol, ManuteManute Bol C Washington Bullets (19851988, 1994)
Golden State Warriors (19881990, 1994)
Philadelphia 76ers (19901993, 1994)
Miami Heat (1993–1994)
2,086 624 3.34
16 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson C/PF Golden State Warriors (1972–1973)[9]
Golden State Warriors (19731977)
Buffalo Braves (1977)
New Jersey Nets (19771980, 1984–1985)
San Antonio Spurs (19801982)
Atlanta Hawks (1982–1983)
Seattle SuperSonics (1985–1986)
2,082 848 2.46
17-(T) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007, 2015–present)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
2,027 1,424 1.42
17-(T) Nance, LarryLarry Nance PF/C Phoenix Suns (19811988)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19881994)
2,027 920 2.20
19 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff C/PF Detroit Pistons (19951997, 2008)
Philadelphia 76ers (19972001, 2008–2009)
Atlanta Hawks (20012004)
Portland Trail Blazers (20042006)
Boston Celtics (2006)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2007–2008)
San Antonio Spurs (2009–2010)
Charlotte Bobcats (2010)
Los Angeles Lakers (2010–2011)
1,968 810 2.43
20-(T) O'Neal, JermaineJermaine O'Neal PF/C Portland Trail Blazers (19962000)
Indiana Pacers (20002008)
Toronto Raptors (2008–2009)
Miami Heat (20092010)
Boston Celtics (20102012)
Phoenix Suns (2012–2013)
Golden State Warriors (2013–2014)
1,820 1,011 1.80
20-(T) Brand, EltonElton Brand^ PF Chicago Bulls (19992001)
Los Angeles Clippers (20012008)
Philadelphia 76ers (20082012)
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
Atlanta Hawks (2013–present)
1,820 1,041 1.78
22 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* PF/C San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968 –1972)[9]
Baltimore Bullets (1972–1973)[9]
Capital/Washington Bullets (19731981)
Houston Rockets (19811984)
1,771 894 1.98
23 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* C Chicago Bulls (19761982)
San Antonio Spurs (19821987)
Chicago Bulls (1987)
Boston Celtics (1988)
1,747 909 1.92
24 Malone, MosesMoses Malone* C Buffalo Braves (1976)
Houston Rockets (19761982)
Philadelphia 76ers (19821986, 1993–1994)
Washington Bullets (19861988)
Atlanta Hawks (19881991)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911993)
San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995)
1,733 1329 1.30
25 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Houston Rockets (2013–present)
1,711 809 2.13
26 McHale, KevinKevin McHale* PF Boston Celtics (19801993) 1,690 972 1.74
27 Smith, JoshJosh Smith^ SF/PF Atlanta Hawks (20042013)
Detroit Pistons (20132015)
Houston Rockets (2014– present)
1,666 836 2.0
28-(T) Divac, VladeVlade Divac C Los Angeles Lakers (19891996, 2004–2005)
Charlotte Hornets (19961998)
Sacramento Kings (19992004)
1,631 1,134 1.44
28-(T) Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ PF/C Memphis Grizzlies (20012008)
Los Angeles Lakers (20072014)
Chicago Bulls (2014– present)
1,631 983 1.66
30 Williams, HerbHerb Williams C Indiana Pacers (19811989)
Dallas Mavericks (19891992)
New York Knicks (19921996, 19961999)
Toronto Raptors (1996)
1,605 1,102 1.46
31 Campbell, EldenElden Campbell C Los Angeles Lakers (19901999)
Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (19992003)
Seattle SuperSonics (2003)
Detroit Pistons (20032004, 2005)
New Jersey Nets (2005)
1,602 1,044 1.53
32 Benjamin, BenoitBenoit Benjamin C Los Angeles Clippers (19851991)
Seattle SuperSonics (19911993)
Los Angeles Lakers (1993)
New Jersey Nets (19931995)
Vancouver Grizzlies (1995)
Milwaukee Bucks (1995–1996)
Toronto Raptors (1996)
Philadelphia 76ers (19981999)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1999)
1,581 807 1.96
33 Dalembert, SamuelSamuel Dalembert^ C Philadelphia 76ers (2001–2002, 20032010)
Sacramento Kings (2010–2011)
Houston Rockets (2011–2012)
Milwaukee Bucks (2012–2013)
Dallas Mavericks (2013–2014)
New York Knicks (20142015)
1,546 886 1.7
34 Cooper, WayneWayne Cooper C Golden State Warriors (19781980)
Utah Jazz (1980–1981)
Dallas Mavericks (1981–1982)
Portland Trail Blazers (19821984, 19891992)
Denver Nuggets (19841989)
1,535 984 1.56
35 Jones, CaldwellCaldwell Jones C Philadelphia 76ers (19761982)
Houston Rockets (19821984)
Chicago Bulls (1984–1985)
Portland Trail Blazers (19851989)
San Antonio Spurs (1989–1990)
1,517 1,068 1.42
36 Lister, AltonAlton Lister C Milwaukee Bucks (19811986, 19941995)
Seattle SuperSonics (19861989)
Golden State Warriors (19891993)
Boston Celtics (19951997)
Portland Trail Blazers (1997–1998)
1,473 953 1.55
37 Kirilenko, AndreiAndrei Kirilenko SF Utah Jazz (20012011)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132014)
1,461 797 1.8
38 Wallace, RasheedRasheed Wallace PF/C Washington Bullets (1995–1996)
Portland Trail Blazers (19962004)
Atlanta Hawks (2004)
Detroit Pistons (20042009)
Boston Celtics (2009–2010)
New York Knicks (2012–2013)
1,460 1,109 1.32
39 Williams, John "Hot Rod"John "Hot Rod" Williams PF Cleveland Cavaliers (19861995)
Phoenix Suns (19951998)
Dallas Mavericks (1998)
1,456 887 1.64
40 West, MarkMark West C Dallas Mavericks (1983–1984)
Milwaukee Bucks (1984)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19841988, 1996–1997)
Phoenix Suns (19881994, 1999–2000)
Detroit Pistons (19941996)
Indiana Pacers (1997–1998)
Atlanta Hawks (1999)
1,403 1,090 1.29
41 Dampier, ErickErick Dampier C Indiana Pacers (1996–1997)
Golden State Warriors (19972004)
Dallas Mavericks (20042010)
Miami Heat (2010–2011)
Atlanta Hawks (2012)
1,398 987 1.42
42 Robinson, Clifford R.Clifford R. Robinson PF Portland Trail Blazers (19891997)
Phoenix Suns (19972001)
Detroit Pistons (20012003)
Golden State Warriors (20032005)
New Jersey Nets (20052007)
1,390 1,380 1.01
43 Tyler, TerryTerry Tyler SF Detroit Pistons (19781985)
Sacramento Kings (19851988)
Dallas Mavericks (1988–1989)
1,342 871 1.54
44 Ilgauskas, ŽydrūnasŽydrūnas Ilgauskas C Cleveland Cavaliers (19971999, 20002010)
Miami Heat (2010–2011)
1,327 843 1.57
45-(T) Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* SF Philadelphia 76ers (19761987) 1,293 836 1.55
45-(T) Ostertag, GregGreg Ostertag C Utah Jazz (19952004, 2005–2006)
Sacramento Kings (2004–2005)
1,293 756 1.71
47 Kemp, ShawnShawn Kemp PF/C Seattle SuperSonics (19891997)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19972000)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002002)
Orlando Magic (2002–2003)
1,279 1,051 1.22
48 Davis, DaleDale Davis PF Indiana Pacers (19912000, 2005)
Portland Trail Blazers (20002004)
Golden State Warriors (2004–2005)
Detroit Pistons (20052007)
1,270 1,094 1.16
49 Donaldson, JamesJames Donaldson C Seattle SuperSonics (19801983)
San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers (19831985)
Dallas Mavericks (19851992)
New York Knicks (1992)
Utah Jazz (1993, 1995)
1,267 957 1.32
50 Marion, ShawnShawn Marion^ SF Phoenix Suns (19992008)
Miami Heat (2008–2009)
Toronto Raptors (2009)
Dallas Mavericks (20092014)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–present)
1,233 1,163 1.1

Progressive List for Blocks[edit]

This is a progressive list of blocked shot leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.

Statistics accurate as of the end of the games of April 15, 2015.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]


Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
ATL Atlanta Hawks DET Detroit Pistons MIA Miami Heat OKC Oklahoma City Thunder
BOS Boston Celtics GSW Golden State Warriors NJN New Jersey Nets ORL Orlando Magic
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers HOU Houston Rockets NOP New Orleans Pelicans SAS San Antonio Spurs
DAL Dallas Mavericks IND Indiana Pacers NYK New York Knicks UTA Utah Jazz
DEN Denver Nuggets LAL Los Angeles Lakers POR Portland Trail Blazers WSB Washington Bullets


Career Block Leaders at the end of every season
Season Year-by-Year Leader Blk Active Leader Blk Career Record Blk Single Season Record Blk Season
1973-74 Elmore Smith000LAL 393 Elmore Smith000LAL 393 Elmore Smith000LAL 393 Elmore Smith000LAL 393 1973-74
1974-75 216 609 609 1974-75
1975-76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 338 847 847 1975-76
1976-77 261 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1094 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1094 1976-77
1977-78 George Johnson000NJN 274 1279 1279 1977-78
1978-79 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 316 1595 1595 1978-79
1979-80 280 1875 1875 1979-80
1980-81 George Johnson000SAS 278 2103 2103 1980-81
1981-82 234 2310 2310 1981-82
1982-83 Tree Rollins000ATL 343 2480 2480 1982-83
1983-84 Mark Eaton000UTA 351 2623 2623 1983-84
1984-85 456 2785 2785 Mark Eaton000UTA 456 1984-85
1985-86 Manute Bol000WSB 397 2915 2915 1985-86
1986-87 Mark Eaton000UTA 321 3012 3012 1986-87
1987-88 304 3104 3104 1987-88
1988-89 Manute Bol000GSW 345 3189 3189 1988-89
1989-90 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 376 Mark Eaton000UTA 2592 1989-90
1990-91 David Robinson*000SAS 320 2780 1990-91
1991-92 305 2985 1991-92
1992-93 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 342 3064 1992-93
1993-94 Dikembe Mutombo*
000DEN 1993–96
000ATL 1996–98
336 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 2741 1993-94
1994-95 321 2983 1994-95
1995-96 332 3190 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 3190 1995-96
1996-97 264 3363 3363 1996-97
1997-98 277 3459 3459 1997-98
1998-99 Alonzo Mourning*000MIA 180 3582 3582 1998-99
1999-00 294 3652 3652 1999-00
2000-01 Shawn Bradley000DAL 228 3740 3740 2000-01
2001-02 Ben Wallace 000DET 278 3830 3830 2001-02
2002-03 Theo Ratliff
000ATL 2002-04
000POR 2004
262 David Robinson*000SAS 2954 2002-03
2003-04 307 Dikembe Mutombo*
000NYK 2003–04
000HOU 2004–09
2996 2003-04
2004-05 Marcus Camby 000DEN 199 3097 2004-05
2005-06 Andrei Kirilenko 000UTA 220 3154 2005-06
2006-07 Marcus Camby 000DEN 231 3230 2006-07
2007-08 285 3278 2007-08
2008-09 Dwight Howard^000ORL 231 3289 2008-09
2009-10 228 Shaquille O'Neal
000CLE 2009–10
000BOS 2010-11
2690 2009-10
2010-11 Serge Ibaka^000OKC 198 2732 2010-11
2011-12 241 Tim Duncan^000SAS 2469 2011-12
2012-13 242 2652 2012-13
2013-14 219 2791 2013-14
2014-15 Anthony Davis^000NOP 200 2941 2014-15
Season Year-by-Year Leader Blk Active Leader Blk Career Record Blk Single Season Record Blk Season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Blocks". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports-Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ The National Basketball Association did not record blocked shot statistics until the 1973–74 season.
  3. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013–14 NBA season.
  4. ^ American Basketball Association (ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  5. ^ Games played in prior seasons where blocks were not recorded are not included in total games played nor are they used in calculating the per game average.
  6. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before blocks were officially recorded.
  7. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to official spelling change March 9, 1991.
  8. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.
  9. ^ a b c d Blocked shots were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).

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