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 2015–16 NBA regular season.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2017 [4]
Only players with at least 50 win shares are shown for 1st time eligible Hall of Fame consideration.
Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team.[5]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[6] Total blocks Games played[7] Blocks per game
average[8]
1 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[9] 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*[10] C Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1973)[11]
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 Duncan, TimTim Duncan PF/C San Antonio Spurs (19972016) 3,020 1,392 2.17
6 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs (19892003) 2,954 987 2.99
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, TreeTree 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, 19941995)
Philadelphia 76ers (19901993, 1994)
Miami Heat (1993–1994)
2,086 624 3.34
16 Johnson, GeorgeGeorge Johnson C/PF Golden State Warriors (1972–1973)[11]
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 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007, 20152016)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
2,037 1,462 1.39
18 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 (20062007)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2007–2008)
San Antonio Spurs (2009–2010)
Charlotte Bobcats (2010)
Los Angeles Lakers (2010–2011)
1,968 810 2.43
20 Brand, EltonElton Brand^ PF Chicago Bulls (19992001)
Los Angeles Clippers (20012008)
Philadelphia 76ers (20082012, 2016–present)
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)
Atlanta Hawks (20132015)
1,828 1,058 1.73
21 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic (20042012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)
Houston Rockets (20132016)
Atlanta Hawks (2016–present)
1,824 880 2.07
22 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
23 Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ PF/C Memphis Grizzlies (20012008)
Los Angeles Lakers (20082014)
Chicago Bulls (20142016)
San Antonio Spurs (2016–present)
1,777 1,055 1.68
24 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* PF/C San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968 –1972)[11]
Baltimore Bullets (1972–1973)[11]
Capital/Washington Bullets (19731981)
Houston Rockets (19811984)
1,771 894 1.98
25 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* C Chicago Bulls (19761982)
San Antonio Spurs (19821987)
Chicago Bulls (1987)
Boston Celtics (1988)
1,747 909 1.92
26 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 1,329 1.30
27 Smith, JoshJosh Smith^ SF/PF Atlanta Hawks (20042013)
Detroit Pistons (20132014)
Houston Rockets (20142015, 2016–present)
Los Angeles Clippers (20152016)
1,713 891 1.92
28 McHale, KevinKevin McHale* PF Boston Celtics (19801993) 1,690 972 1.74
29 Divac, VladeVlade Divac C Los Angeles Lakers (19891996, 2004–2005)
Charlotte Hornets (19961998)
Sacramento Kings (19982004)
1,631 1,134 1.44
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 Hornets / 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, Hot RodHot 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, CliffordClifford 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, ZydrunasZydrunas Ilgauskas C Cleveland Cavaliers (19972010)
Miami Heat (2010–2011)
1,327 843 1.57
45 Ibaka, SergeSerge Ibaka^ PF Oklahoma City Thunder (20092016)
Orlando Magic (2016–present)
1,300 524 2.48
46 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* SF Philadelphia 76ers (19761987) 1,293 836 1.55
Ostertag, GregGreg Ostertag C Utah Jazz (19952004, 2005–2006)
Sacramento Kings (2004–2005)
756 1.71
48 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
49 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
50 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

Had they accounted for blocked shots in his era (blocks were not recorded until the 1973–1974 season), Wilt Chamberlain would be the all-time career leader in blocked shots, blocks per game average and blocked shots in a game (26).

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 conclusion of the 2015–16 NBA regular season.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2017 [12]
Only players with at least 50 win shares are shown for 1st time eligible Hall of Fame consideration.
Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team.[5]
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
CHI Chicago Bulls HOU Houston Rockets NOP New Orleans Pelicans SAS San Antonio Spurs
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers IND Indiana Pacers NYK New York Knicks UTA Utah Jazz
DAL Dallas Mavericks LAC Los Angeles Clippers POR Portland Trail Blazers WSB Washington Bullets
DEN Denver Nuggets LAL Los Angeles Lakers
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 1,094 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 1,094 1976–77
1977–78 George Johnson000NJN 274 1,279 1,279 1977–78
1978–79 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 316 1,595 1,595 1978–79
1979–80 280 1,875 1,875 1979–80
1980–81 George Johnson000SAS 278 2,103 2,103 1980–81
1981–82 234 2,310 2,310 1981–82
1982–83 Tree Rollins000ATL 343 2,480 2,480 1982–83
1983–84 Mark Eaton000UTA 351 2,623 2,623 1983–84
1984–85 456 2,785 2,785 Mark Eaton000UTA 456 1984–85
1985–86 Manute Bol000WSB 397 2,915 2,915 1985–86
1986–87 Mark Eaton000UTA 321 3,012 3,012 1986–87
1987–88 304 3,104 3,104 1987–88
1988–89 Manute Bol000GSW 345 3,189 3,189 1988–89
1989–90 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 376 Mark Eaton000UTA 2,592 1989–90
1990–91 David Robinson*000SAS 320 2,780 1990–91
1991–92 305 2,985 1991–92
1992–93 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 342 3,064 1992–93
1993–94 Dikembe Mutombo*
000DEN 1993–96
000ATL 1996–98
336 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 2,741 1993–94
1994–95 321 2,983 1994–95
1995–96 332 3,190 Hakeem Olajuwon*000HOU 3,190 1995–96
1996–97 264 3,363 3,363 1996–97
1997–98 277 3,459 3,459 1997–98
1998–99 Alonzo Mourning*000MIA 180 3,582 3,582 1998–99
1999–00 294 3,652 3,652 1999–00
2000–01 Shawn Bradley000DAL 228 3,740 3,740 2000–01
2001–02 Ben Wallace§000DET 278 3,830 3,830 2001–02
2002–03 Theo Ratliff
000ATL 2002–04
000POR 2004
262 David Robinson*000SAS 2,954 2002–03
2003–04 307 Dikembe Mutombo*
000NYK 2003–04
000HOU 2004–09
2,996 2003–04
2004–05 Marcus Camby000DEN 199 3,097 2004–05
2005–06 Andrei Kirilenko000UTA 220 3,154 2005–06
2006–07 Marcus Camby000DEN 231 3,230 2006–07
2007–08 285 3,278 2007–08
2008–09 Dwight Howard^000ORL 231 3,289 2008–09
2009–10 228 Shaquille O'Neal*
000CLE 2009–10
000BOS 2010–11
2,690 2009–10
2010–11 Serge Ibaka^000OKC 198 2732 2010–11
2011–12 241 Tim Duncan000SAS 2,469 2011–12
2012–13 242 2,652 2012–13
2013–14 219 2,791 2013–14
2014–15 Anthony Davis^000NOP 200 2,941 2014–15
2015–16 Hassan Whiteside^000MIA 269 3,020 2015–16
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 four calendar years (reduced from five in 2015); player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2016–17 NBA season.
  4. ^ "2017 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "NBA Win Shares". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest hundredth and its calculation does not include games played in seasons before blocks were officially recorded.
  9. ^ Previously written as Akeem Olajuwon prior to an official spelling change on March 9, 1991.
  10. ^ Previously known as Lew Alcindor prior to an official name change on May 1, 1971.
  11. ^ a b c d Blocked shots were not yet recorded during the player's tenure with this team and season(s).
  12. ^ "2017 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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