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The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers 

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Updated November 22, 2019 8.5k votes 1.3k voters 13.1k views 49 items

List Rules Vote up the best shot blockers in the league today.

Who are the best shot blockers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best rim protectors playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current defenders and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top shot blockers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gobert, Anthony Davis, and Kristaps Porzingis come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually tall players who lock down their man inside the paint and protect the rim at all costs. These DPOY candidates are experts at swatting the ball and protecting the basket.

Vote for the current NBA shot blockers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA rim protectors in any order you want.

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1
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

2018-19 total blocks: 187

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2
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 3

2018-19 total blocks: 135

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3
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Small forward and Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

2018-19 total blocks: 110

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#46 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,753 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

4
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Gastonia, North Carolina

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 30

Number: 21

2018-19 total blocks: 136

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#222 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #31 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #61 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

5
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Myles Turner

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Number: 33

2018-19 total blocks: 199

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6
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Brazzaville, Congo

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 30

Number: 9

2018-19 total blocks: 103

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7
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

2018-19 total blocks: 33

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8
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward from Ventspils, Latvia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Age: 24

Number: 6

Missed last season due to injury

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#171 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #44 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #50 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

9
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Clint Capela

Teams: Houston Rockets

Number: 15

2018-19 total blocks: 102

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10
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Houston, Texas

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 6

2018-19 total blocks: 73

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#188 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #9 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #54 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

11
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

2018-19 total blocks: 70

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#120 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #123 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

12
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

2018-19 total blocks: 84

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13
Mitchell Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
14
Mohamed Bamba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
RileyC added Mohamed Bamba

Teams: Orlando Magic

Number: 5

2018-19 total blocks: 64

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#534 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #115 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

15
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
arushisgood2004 added Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

2018-19 total blocks: 24

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#30 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #13 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #5 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

16
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
RokoDelana added Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

2018-19 total blocks: 76

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17
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Karl-Anthony Towns

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Number: 32

2018-19 total blocks: 125

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#149 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #3 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #11 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

18
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 26

Number: 1

2018-19 total blocks: 138

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19
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 34

Number: 8

2018-19 total blocks: 4

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20
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

2018-19 total blocks: 122

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21
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Flint, Michigan

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 31

Number: 7

2018-19 total blocks: 148

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22
Jarrett Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Number: 31

2018-19 total blocks: 120

23
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
arnas added Forward and Power forward from Malden, Massachusetts

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 25

Number: 9

2018-19 total blocks: 96

24
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Age: 27

Number: 11

2018-19 total blocks: 41

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25
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 29

Number: 0

2018-19 total blocks: 76

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