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Which players get their shot blocked the most?

Q: Would you folks know of a website that posts the stats on a player's shot being blocked? I heard Jermaine O'Neal leads the league in this category (i.e., more of his shots are blocked than anyone else), and I wanted to check on that. -- Pavel

A: Why yes we do know of a web site that publishes stats on how often a player's shot gets blocked...this one right here! Yes indeed, if you go the 'player stats' page for a specific player, say in this case Jermaine O'Neal you can see how often the guy is getting stuffed, both overall, by shot type, and by shot clock timing.

Ah, but Pavel is looking for the leaderboard and until we put up our sortable pages for all teams/players (yeah one day that'll happen) it's not a simple matter to figure out who is best and worst. So...

The first thing to know is that the type of shot has a big influence on how likely it is to get blocked:
13.7% - Close shots (not dunks)
3.2% - Dunks
3.1% - Jumpers

As a result asking "who gets blocked the most" is a little unfair to the guys who take shots inside predominantly. Therefore we'll break it out for both all shots and only the close range/non dunk ones.

Highest overall shot getting blocked %
(Minimum: 200 FGA)
Team
Player
FGA
Blk'd
Blk%
ATL
 Pachulia 386   51   13.2% 
PHI
 Salmons 289   37   12.8% 
NJN
 Krstic 455   56   12.3% 
ATL
 Williams 244   30   12.3% 
POR
 Patterson 298   34   11.4% 
HOU
 Swift 255   28   11.0% 
MEM
 Wright 246   27   11.0% 
ORL
 Howard 455   49   10.8% 
BOS
 Jefferson 307   33   10.7% 
SAC
 Abdur-Rahim 365   39   10.7% 


Lowest overall shot getting blocked %
(Minimum: 200 FGA)
Team
Player
FGA
Blk'd
Blk%
TOR
 Peterson 524   11   2.1% 
SAS
 Finley 384   8   2.1% 
SAC
 Bibby 769   16   2.1% 
CHA
 Rush 313   6   1.9% 
DET
 R.Wallace 565   10   1.8% 
HOU
 Alston 285   5   1.8% 
DET
 Evans 210   3   1.4% 
PHO
 Jones 353   5   1.4% 
CLE
 Jones 301   4   1.3% 
MIL
 Kukoc 202   2   1.0% 

Highest CLOSE SHOT blocked %
(Minimum: 100 FGA)
Team
Player
FGA
Blk'd
Blk%
ATL
 Childress 105   25   23.8% 
ATL
 Pachulia 204   43   21.1% 
CHA
 Knight 110   23   20.9% 
DEN
 Anthony 310   63   20.3% 
NJN
 Krstic 224   45   20.1% 
UTA
 Kirilenko 125   25   20.0% 
SAC
 Miller 111   22   19.8% 
CHI
 Nocioni 118   23   19.5% 
DET
 Billups 119   23   19.3% 
UTA
 Okur 175   32   18.3% 


Lowest CLOSE SHOT getting blocked %
(Minimum: 100 FGA)
Team
Player
FGA
Blk'd
Blk%
NYK
 Curry 183   14   7.7% 
TOR
 Villanueva 168   13   7.7% 
SAS
 Ginobili 135   10   7.4% 
NJN
 Kidd 122   9   7.4% 
SAC
 Bibby 100   7   7.0% 
PHO
 Nash 130   9   6.9% 
TOR
 Peterson 111   7   6.3% 
SEA
 Lewis 124   7   5.6% 
SAS
 Duncan 235   11   4.7% 
MIA
 O'Neal 195   8   4.1% 

Overall we'd vote for Nenad Krstic as the guy getting the most shots sent back from whence they came. Given the minimums we set, and the fact we're only a little over halfway through the season at this stage though, you could make a case that Carmelo Anthony gets his shot blocked about as much as anyone at close range. Of course that's not exactly a sharp criticism, as being able to get a shot off from close in is a big positive since they come with significantly higher average FG% then the "settled for" jumper from outside. Who has had the most dunks blocked? That would be Flip Murray tied for the league lead with 4 stuffed dunk attempts, but at a whopping 20% of total dunk tries!


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