A blocked shot is one of the most powerful actions in a basketball game. With one fell swoop, a crowd is on their feet screaming, fellow players are jumping up and down, and opponents are about to see their embarrassing moment on national television.
While the individual block is a beautiful thing, the art of being a good shot blocker deals with more than just volume of shots blocked—it is co-dependent on the efficiency in which the shots were blocked.
Anybody can block two shots, but if you commit five fouls to do so, are you really helping your team?
Therefore, I used two helpful numbers in calculating this list:
1. Blocks Per 48 Minutes
2. Blocks Per Foul
I also used some advanced metric statistics I will cite throughout the article.
(Thanks to NBA.com, Hoopsdata.com, 82games.com, and ESPN.com for providing the statistics)
With the pleasantries out-of-the-way, let's look at the top 20 shot-blockers in the NBA....