When it comes to defense in the NBA, almost nothing is more important than the interior. Preventing shots in the paint is paramount, as obviously, those type of close-range shots have the highest likelihood of dropping. Because of this, uber-athletic big men who can defend the rim are a valuable commodity in the league, as they can single-handedly turn the tide of a game with their presence in the key — just ask Hassan Whiteside.
On the other side of the coin, it can be completely demoralizing to have your shot swatted out of the air no matter who you are, especially if you’re in a shooting slump. Obviously, the NBA tracks blocked shots as a statistic, but you may be surprised to learn that the league also tracks the number of times a player has been blocked over the course of a season. As you can imagine, there is a host of point guards leading the league in this stat, but you may be surprised with some of the other players who make up this list.
T-14. John Wall (Blocked 86 Times)
T-14. James Harden (Blocked 86 Times)
T-9. DeMar DeRozan (Blocked 91 Times)
T-9. Devin Booker (Blocked 91 Times)
T-9. Karl-Anthony Towns (Blocked 91 Times)
T-9. Enes Kanter (Blocked 91 Times)
T-9. Russell Westbrook (Blocked 91 Times)
8. Jeff Teague (Blocked 92 Times)
T-6. Damian Lillard (Blocked 100 Times)
T-6. Elfrid Payton (Blocked 100 Times)
5. Andrew Wiggins (Blocked 101 Times)
4. DeMarcus Cousins (Blocked 105 Times)
3. Kemba Walker (Blocked 111 Times)
2. Dennis Schroder (Blocked 112 Times)