Who Leads the NBA In Blocks This Season?

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?

Rank Player Team Blocks
1 Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks 105
2 Nicolas Claxton Brooklyn Nets 104
3 Walker Kessler Utah Jazz 85
4 Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 83
5 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 79
6 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks 65
7. (Tie) Bol Bol Orlando Magic 58
7. (Tie) Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 58
9. (Tie) Kristaps Porzingis Washington Wizards 56
9. (Tie) Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Clippers 56
11 Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers 54
12. (Tie) Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 53
12. (Tie) Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 53
14 Onyeka Okongwu Atlanta Hawks 52
15 Christian Wood Dallas Mavericks 51
16 Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves 49
17. (Tie) John Collins Atlanta Hawks 48
17. (Tie) Daniel Gafford Washington Wizards 48
17. (Tie) Isaiah Jackson Indiana Pacers 48
20 P.J. Washington Charlotte Hornets 46
21. (Tie) Steven Adams Memphis Grizzlies 45
21. (Tie) Christian Koloko Toronto Raptors 45
23. (Tie) Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavaliers 44
23. (Tie) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder 44
23. (Tie) Jaden McDaniels Minnesota Timberwolves 44

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.