With the NBA’s regular season in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware for the league’s statistical leaders.
Here are the top five blocks leaders from the 2013-14 NBA season.
#1) 2.8 BPG – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
The Brow broke out in 2013-14, his second season in the league. In addition to the 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds, Davis led the league in blocked shots with 2.8 per game. The 6’10” big man was awarded with an All-Star nod for his tremendous overall season. The downside with Davis is his health. After playing in just 64 games as a rookie in 2012-13, injuries also put a damper on his 2013-14 campaign and limited him to just 67 games this year.
#2) 2.7 BPG – Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
After leading the NBA in blocks per game in the previous two seasons, Serge Ibaka fell to the second spot this year. However, with the injury issues faced by Anthony Davis, Ibaka once again led the NBA in total blocks with 219, marking the fourth consecutive year in which he has led the league in this category. Ibaka has also finished either first or second in the league in Block Percentage in each of the last four years.
#3) 2.5 BPG – DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
2013-14 was the Year of DeAndre. The sixth year big man finally saw starter’s minutes and delivered in a big way, finishing first in the NBA in rebounding (13.6) and field goal percentage (.676), while also placing third in blocks (2.5). Jordan’s blocks on a Per-36 Minute average had been strong every year prior to 2013-14, ranging between 2.0 and 2.8 blocks Per-36, so it was really no surprise to see him swat a ton of shots once he finally started playing 35 minutes a night.
#4) 2.2 BPG – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Roy Hibbert finished among the NBA’s top five blocks leaders for the third straight year, but it’s hard to celebrate his season after both he and his team struggled mightily after the All-Star break. The 7’2″ big man blocked a fair amount of shots, but his 10.8 points per game were his lowest since his rookie season in 2008-09 and his 43.9% field goal percentage was the worst in his career. His 6.6 rebounds also left a lot to be desired from one of the league’s alleged best big men.
#5) 1.9 BPG – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
Despite having never led the NBA in blocks per game, Duncan has finished among the league’s top 10 in blocks 13 times in his illustrious career. His career 2.2 blocks per game average leads all active NBA players, just percentage points ahead of Dwight Howard, another testament to the Big Fundamental’s consistent greatness.