There are plenty of great shot blockers in the NBA, and some have already begun to separate themselves in the race for the most blocks this season.
Defense is integral and can’t be understated, demonstrating the importance of these big men in their efforts to protect the paint.
Who Leads the NBA In Blocks This Season?
Jaren Jackson Jr.
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
It might not have been a mind-blowing week for Brook Lopez on the defensive end for the Milwaukee Bucks, but he still manages to hold a slim lead with the most blocks in the NBA. Lopez recorded seven blocks over four games this week, highlighted by a three-block performance on January 9 against the New York Knicks. Lopez remains just one of two NBA players this season who’ve already recorded over 100 blocks.
The only other player with 100+ blocks is Brooklyn Nets center Nicolas Claxton. The big man has now tallied 104 blocks on the campaign and is just one shy of typing Lopez. Claxton finished the week with eight blocks in just two games. If he keeps this pace, it won’t be surprising to see him surpass Lopez in short order. Claxton recorded back-to-back four-block games over the last week against the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rounding out the top three is Walker Kessler of the Utah Jazz. The rookie front-court contributor has his work cut out for him, considering he’s 20 blocks behind Lopez for the lead. Still, the former Auburn Tiger recorded ten blocks over the last week in three games, including an outstanding performance against the Orlando Magic, where he recorded a career night with seven blocks.
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