Having a player who can swat opponents' shots and protect the rim are important factors in being able to shut another team down.
One of basketball's legends, Bill Russell, once said, “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.”
Here is a ranking of the 10 best shot blockers in NCAA basketball history.
There are lots of ways to create a list like this. You could use career blocks, but not every player plays the same number of games or the same number of seasons.
To level the court, you could use a player's blocks per game stat.
But, an even better measurement to consider is someone's blocks per 40 minutes. By using this advanced metric, we are comparing everyone's blocks in relation to their actual playing time.
Unfortunately, we do not have official shot-blocking statistics before the mid-eighties. So, while we will pay homage to Russell, Chamberlain, Mikan, Alcindor and others, they are not included on this list.
A 200-block minimum is used here. Because of this, one-year shot blocking wonders like Kentucky's Anthony Davis or Nerlens Noel, as well as Marshall's Hassan Whiteside or St. Johns' Chris Obekpa, are not found here.
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