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 Nicolas Claxton Brooklyn Nets 118
2 Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks 112
3 Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 100
4 Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 95
5 Walker Kessler Utah Jazz 90
6 Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks 68
7 Bol Bol Orlando Magic 64
8 Kristaps Porzingis Washington Wizards 61
9 Ivica Zubac Los Angeles Clippers 60
10 Onyeka Okongwu Atlanta Hawks 59
11. (Tie) Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 58
11. (Tie) Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers 58
13 Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 57
14. (Tie) Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 53
14. (Tie) Christian Wood Dallas Mavericks 53
16 Drew Eubanks Portland Trail Blazers 52
17. (Tie) Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavaliers 51
17. (Tie) John Collins Atlanta Hawks 51
17. (Tie) P.J. Washington Charlotte Hornets 51
20. (Tie) Bismack Biyombo Phoenix Suns 50
20. (Tie) Daniel Gafford Washington Wizards 50
20. (Tie) Jaden McDaniels Minnesota Timberwolves 50
23 Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves 49
24 Isaiah Jackson Indiana Pacers 48
25. (Tie) Steven Adams Memphis Grizzlies 46
25. (Tie) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder 46

There’s a new leader with the most blocks in the NBA this season, and that now belongs to Nicolas Claxton of the Brooklyn Nets. He’s been a key competent of what this team is accomplishing on defense and put together another monster week as the team’s best rim protector. Claxton rejected 14 shots over the last week, including two games with three blocks and two with four blocks. With his defensive impact and some injuries for the Nets, Claxton has been getting upwards of 30 minutes per game for the Nets of late. 

Claxton’s biggest competitor and former leader in the shot-blocking category is Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks big man had a quieter week than Claxton, which saw him tally just seven blocks over a three-game sample size. The big highlight for Lopez came against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he recorded four blocks in 34 minutes of action. 

The only other player that’s not reached the 100-block mark on the campaign is Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies. This week, the big shot-blocking threat had a gigantic impact around the rim for the Grizzlies. He recorded 17 shot blocks in four games, including a six-block performance against the Phoenix Suns on January 16.