Who are the best rim protectors in this NBA season? This list, which is a mix of current and potential all-time greats, ranks some of the players with the most valuable shot blocking skills. These highly skilled, impactful players have the ability to make or break a team's performance on the court.
Shot blocking is an art in the NBA. There are many different kinds of shot blockers, but the most important are the ones who protect the basket, lock down their man inside the paint, and swat balls. Who is the best shot blocker in the league currently?
The best shot blockers in the NBA are also some of the top current players. Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis and Clint Capela all come to mind first. Myles Turner and Giannis Antetokounmpo are also well-known swat artists.
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Best 5 shot blocker we picked for this season:
Rudy Gobert is not just a center, he's a monster. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has become the best center in the NBA. This year, with France, he made it all the way to a silver medal at the Olympics. I think the Jazz will play in the NBA Playoffs this year, so I expect Rudy to play with a chip on his shoulder and have a really good season.
The NBA's top shot blocker last season was Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner. The skilled defender was a constant threat to swat the ball away from opponents. Turner is one of the best long-range shooters in the league, attempting over 4 three point shots a game. Turner is also one of the most underrated players in the league, but his chip on his shoulder fuels him.
Al Horford is back in Boston, where he played all but one of his last eight seasons. After a rebound year with the Thunder, his old team traded him to the Celtics because they wanted to tank for a better draft pick. The Celtics have been a very successful organization in their history, and while I’m not sure how they plan to utilize Horford, he is still one of the best big men in the game today.
The Orlando Magic traded their all-star center Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls for a 7th overall pick last season. The presumed starter for this coming season is Wendell Carter Jr., but the Magic have a player who could be a contender for that role. Mo Bamba has been improving and I think he’s ready for a big leap.
The Atlanta Hawks needed veteran leadership and they found it in Clint Capela. Capela is a force in the paint and will be a lob threat alongside all star Trae Young.
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After helping the Brooklyn Nets turn around, Jarrett Allen was traded to Cleveland and signed a five-year, $100 million contract. Allen is one of the top interior defenders in the league, not to mention a terrific rebounder.
As a second-year player, Stewart is set to take on a starting position for the Pistons. He's a threat to lob off of any shot and with an excellent playmaker like Cunningham, his production should increase. With so many young players to compete against for minutes, it'll be tough for Stewart to find consistent playing time.
Having only played in the league for two years, Daniel Gafford has already seen himself traded twice. His latest contract is with the Washington Wizards. And he's making the most of it. Gafford is never too proud to work hard. Even with Thomas Bryant's return, Gafford will inevitably play less minutes. You can be sure, though, that he will give every one of them his best effort.
Basketball player Mitchell Robinson is proving himself to be an elite defender in just his third year of basketball. Robinson stands at 7'0 with a 7'4 wingspan and uses it to block other players on the court. Robinson is an up-and-coming young player at only 22. He has fit into his role in New York beautifully, and has the potential to be one of the league's best players in the future.
Robert Williams has seen a huge surge in efficiency and has been given more responsibility on the Celtics. Though only six feet and eight inches, he plays much bigger than his height. A strong defender, Robert Williams will be a starting center in the NBA for many years to come.