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The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers 

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Updated November 22, 2019 8.3k votes 1.2k voters 12.4k 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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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Chicago

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 3

2018-19 total blocks: 135

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Saint-Quentin

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

2018-19 total blocks: 187

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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

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

2018-19 total blocks: 110

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
5
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Brazzaville

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 30

Number: 9

2018-19 total blocks: 103

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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 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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7
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

2018-19 total blocks: 33

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

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Age: 24

Number: 6

Missed last season due to injury

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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

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 6

2018-19 total blocks: 73

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

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

2018-19 total blocks: 70

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12
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Small forward from Washington

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

2018-19 total blocks: 84

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Mohamed Bamba is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
arushisgood2004 added Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

2018-19 total blocks: 24

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15
Mitchell Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
SharmarkeSharky added

Teams: New York Knicks

2018-19 total blocks: 161

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

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

2018-19 total blocks: 76

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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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18
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Atlanta

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 34

Number: 8

2018-19 total blocks: 4

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 26

Number: 1

2018-19 total blocks: 138

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Flint

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 31

Number: 7

2018-19 total blocks: 148

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21
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Yaoundé

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

2018-19 total blocks: 122

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

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 25

Number: 9

2018-19 total blocks: 96

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

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Age: 27

Number: 11

2018-19 total blocks: 41

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers
Center from Mobile

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 29

Number: 0

2018-19 total blocks: 76

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