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Experience: Two seasons
2011-12 Season: 13.34 PER, 12.4 MPG, 3.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG
2012-13 Season: 18.84 PER, 22.9 MPG, 7.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.1 BPG
If you haven't had the pleasure of watching Larry Sanders perfect the art of interior defense, do yourself a favor and watch a Milwaukee Bucks game. Then go back and study film from his days at VCU to admire how far he has come.
Sanders' league-high 6.22 blocks per 48 minutes sends a clear message. As does the fact that Roy Hibbert ranks second at 4.98.
Sanders is miles ahead.
He has always been a phenomenal athlete. In 2012-13, however, his fundamentals are beginning to catch up with his tremendous physical gifts, as he's averaging 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in just 22.9 minutes per game.
Sanders' claim to fame was a rare triple-double, as he picked up 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He was the first Buck since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to achieve that feat. How's that for rare company?
With the way he's thriving and Ersan Ilyasova is struggling, it's likely that Sanders will carve out more minutes in Milwaukee. As a result, he will rival Serge Ibaka for the shot-blocking crown.
With that being said, Sanders is at 6.22 blocks per 48 and Ibaka rests at 4.82. I think we know who has emerged as the best shot-blocker in the league.
That's not going to change any time soon.
2012-13 Season Averages
18.84 PER, 22.9 MPG, 7.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.1 BPG