List of National Basketball Association annual blocks leaders

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In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defender deflects or stops a field goal attempt without committing a foul.[1] The National Basketball Association's (NBA) block title is awarded to the player with the highest blocks per game average in a given season. The block title was first recognized in the 1973–74 season when statistics on blocks were first compiled.[2] To qualify for the blocks title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 100 blocks. This is the requirement since the 1974–75 season, with requirements changing with the schedule length several times before that.[3]

Mark Eaton holds the all-time records for total blocks (456) and blocks per game (5.56) in a season; both achieved in the 1984–85 season.[2] Manute Bol holds the rookie records for total blocks and blocks per game when he had 397 and averaged 5.0 in the 1985–86 season.[2] Among active players, Marcus Camby had the highest season block total (285) in the 2007–08 season and Hassan Whiteside had the highest season block average (3.68) in the 2015–16 season.[a]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Eaton and Marcus Camby all won the most block titles, with four.[2] George Johnson, Manute Bol, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Theo Ratliff, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, and Serge Ibaka have also won the title more than once. Both Mutombo and Camby have also won the most consecutive block titles, with three. Two players have won both the block title and the NBA championship in the same season: Bill Walton in 1977 with the Portland Trail Blazers and Abdul-Jabbar in 1980 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Key[edit]

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player had been the
blocks leader up to and including that season
G Guard F Forward C Center

Block leaders[edit]

Season Player Position[b] Team(s) Games
played
Total blocks Blocks per game References
1973–74 Smith, ElmoreElmore Smith C Los Angeles Lakers 81 393 4.85 [4][5]
1974–75 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[c] C Milwaukee Bucks 65 212 3.26 [6][7]
1975–76 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (2) C Los Angeles Lakers 82 338 4.12 [7][8]
1976–77 Walton, BillBill Walton*[d] C/F Portland Trail Blazers 65 211 3.25 [9][10]
1977–78 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson C/F New Jersey Nets 81 274 3.38 [11][12]
1978–79 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (3) C Los Angeles Lakers 80 316 3.95 [7][13]
1979–80 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar* (4) C Los Angeles Lakers 82 280 3.41 [7][14]
1980–81 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson (2) C/F San Antonio Spurs 82 278 3.39 [12][15]
1981–82 Johnson, George T.George T. Johnson (3) C/F San Antonio Spurs 75 234 3.12 [12][16]
1982–83 Rollins, TreeTree Rollins C Atlanta Hawks 80 343 4.29 [17][18]
1983–84 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton C Utah Jazz 82 351 4.28 [19][20]
1984–85 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton (2) C Utah Jazz 82 456 5.56 [20][21]
1985–86 Bol, ManuteManute Bol C Washington Bullets 80 397 4.96 [22][23]
1986–87 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton (3) C Utah Jazz 79 321 4.06 [20][24]
1987–88 Eaton, MarkMark Eaton (4) C Utah Jazz 82 304 3.71 [20][25]
1988–89 Bol, ManuteManute Bol (2) C Golden State Warriors 80 345 4.31 [23][26]
1989–90 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*[e] C Houston Rockets 82 376 4.59 [30][31]
1990–91 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* (2)[f] C Houston Rockets 56 221 3.95 [31][32]
1991–92 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs 68 308 4.49 [33][34]
1992–93 Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon* (3) C Houston Rockets 82 342 4.17 [31][35]
1993–94 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo* C Denver Nuggets 82 336 4.10 [36][37]
1994–95 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo* (2) C Denver Nuggets 82 321 3.91 [37][38]
1995–96 Mutombo, DikembeDikembe Mutombo* (3) C Denver Nuggets 74 332 4.49 [37][39]
1996–97 Bradley, ShawnShawn Bradley[g] C New Jersey Nets
Dallas Mavericks
73 248 3.40 [40][41]
1997–98 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby[h] C/F Toronto Raptors 63 230 3.65 [42][43]
1998–99[i] Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* C Miami Heat 46 180 3.91 [45][46]
1999–00 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* (2) C Miami Heat 79 294 3.72 [46][47]
2000–01 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff[j] C/F Philadelphia 76ers 50 187 3.74 [48][49]
2001–02 Wallace, BenBen Wallace F/C Detroit Pistons 80 278 3.48 [50][51]
2002–03 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff (2) C/F Atlanta Hawks 81 262 3.23 [49][52]
2003–04 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff (3) C/F Atlanta Hawks
Portland Trail Blazers
85 307 3.61 [49][53]
2004–05 Kirilenko, AndreiAndrei Kirilenko[k] F Utah Jazz 41 136 3.32 [54][55]
2005–06 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby^ (2)[l] C/F Denver Nuggets 56 184 3.29 [43][56]
2006–07 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby^ (3) C/F Denver Nuggets 70 231 3.30 [43][57]
2007–08 Camby, MarcusMarcus Camby^ (4) C/F Denver Nuggets 79 285 3.61 [43][58]
2008–09 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ C Orlando Magic 79 231 2.92 [59]
2009–10 Howard, DwightDwight Howard^ (2) C Orlando Magic 82 228 2.78 [59]
2010–11 Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut^[m] C Milwaukee Bucks 65 168 2.58 [61]
2011–12[n] Ibaka, SergeSerge Ibaka^ F Oklahoma City Thunder 66 241 3.65 [63]
2012–13 Ibaka, SergeSerge Ibaka^ (2) F Oklahoma City Thunder 80 242 3.03 [63]
2013–14 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis^[o] F/C New Orleans Pelicans 67 189 2.82 [65]
2014–15 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis^ (2) F/C New Orleans Pelicans 68 200 2.94 [65]
2015–16 Whiteside, HassanHassan Whiteside^ C Miami Heat 73 269 3.68 [66]
2016–17 Rudy Gobert^ C Utah Jazz 80 214 2.64

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the 1997–98 season, Marcus Camby had 3.6508 blocks per game, while in the 2011–12 season, Serge Ibaka had 3.6515 blocks per game.
  2. ^ The player's primary position is listed first.
  3. ^ In the 1974–75 season, Elmore Smith had the highest block total (216) but was second in block average (2.92).
  4. ^ In the 1976–77 season, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elvin Hayes both had higher block totals (261 and 220 respectively) but they ranked second and third in block average (3.18 and 2.68 respectively).
  5. ^ When Olajuwon arrived in the United States, the University of Houston incorrectly spelled his first name "Akeem". He used that spelling until March 9, 1991, when he announced that he would add an H.[27][28][29]
  6. ^ In the 1990–91 season, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Manute Bol all had higher block totals (320, 258 and 247 respectively) but they ranked second, third and fourth in block average (3.90, 3.19 and 3.01 respectively).
  7. ^ In the 1996–97 season, Dikembe Mutombo had the highest block total (264) but was second in block average (3.30).
  8. ^ In the 1997–98 season, Dikembe Mutombo and Theo Ratliff both had higher block totals (277 and 258 respectively) but they ranked second and fourth in block average (3.38 and 3.15 respectively).
  9. ^ The 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games due to the league's lockout.[44] The qualification of this season's block title is to appear in at least 43 games (out of 50) or to have at least 61 blocks.[3]
  10. ^ In the 2000–01 season, Theo Ratliff had only played in 50 games and ranked eighth in block total. Jermaine O'Neal and Shawn Bradley both shared the highest total (228).
  11. ^ In the 2004–05 season, Andrei Kirilenko had only played in 41 games and ranked thirteenth in block total. Marcus Camby had the highest total (199).
  12. ^ In the 2005–06 season, Andrei Kirilenko, Josh Smith and Elton Brand all had higher block totals (220, 208 and 201 respectively) but they ranked second, fourth and fifth in block average (3.19, 2.60 and 2.54 respectively).
  13. ^ In the 2010–11 season, Serge Ibaka, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard all had higher block totals (198, 193 and 186 respectively) but they ranked third, second and fourth in block average (2.41, 2.44 and 2.38 respectively).[60]
  14. ^ The 2011–12 season was shortened to 66 games due to the league's lockout.[62] The qualification of this season's scoring title is to appear in at least 57 games (out of 66) or to have at least 80 blocks.[3]
  15. ^ In the 2013–14 season, Serge Ibaka and DeAndre Jordan both had higher block totals (219 and 203 respectively) but they ranked second and third in block average (2.7 and 2.5 respectively).[64]

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