Who Has the Most Blocks in NBA History?

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The NBA Players with the Most Career Blocks

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A timely block can change the course of an NBA game and completely deflate the opposition, so it’s a very influential statistic. During the long history of the NBA, some defensive greats have mastered the art of the block, and they’ve become legendary players in basketball lore because of it. Get Free NBA Picks and NBA Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

These are the NBA players with the most career blocks. 

1. Hakeem Olajuwon, 3,830 (1984-2002) - It makes sense that a guy nicknamed “the Dream” heads up our NBA career blocks list. Olajuwon played almost his entire career in Houston (and one season in Toronto), racking up two NBA championships, 12 All-Star selections, two NBA Defensive Player of the year awards and an MVP in 1994. He managed 26,946 points and 13,747 rebounds during his career and won gold at the 1996 Olympics. 

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2. Dikembe Mutombo, 3,289 (1991-2009) - Mutombo is pretty much universally adored among NBA fans due to his jovial demeanor and his impressive on-court skills. During his career, he played for six different teams, logging eight All-Star selections, four NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards and an NBA All-Rookie First Team nod. Mutombo scored 11,729 points and had 12,359 rebounds during his Hall-of-Fame career. 

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 3,189 (1969-1989) - Abdul-Jabbar is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the world of basketball, and with a resume that’s a mile long it’s difficult to argue that sentiment. Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships, six MVP awards, 19 NBA All-Star selections, five NBA All-Defensive First Team nods and a Rookie of the Year. He scored 38,287 points with 17,440 rebounds during his legendary playing career. 

4. Mark Eaton, 3,064 (1982-93) - Eaton’s offensive game was average at best, but he really excelled on the defensive side. He set records for most blocks in a season (456) and career average blocked shots per game (3.50) during his 11-year NBA career, all spent with the Jazz. Eaton made the All-Star team in 1989 and his number (53) was retired by Utah. 

5. Tim Duncan, 3,020 (1997-2016) - Duncan is one of the greatest players of the modern basketball era, and after spending his entire career in San Antonio he’s beloved by Spurs fans. He won five NBA championships during his playing days, along with two MVP awards, 15 All-Star nods and 10 All-NBA First Team selections. Duncan scored 26,496 points during his career and won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. 

6. David Robinson, 2,954 (1989-2003) - Along with Duncan, Robinson was the other key player for the Spurs during their dominant run at the turn of the century. As a player, Robinson won two NBA championships, an MVP, a scoring championship and was a 10-time All-Star. He scored 20,790 points with 10,497 rebounds during his career and has three Olympic medals (two golds and a bronze). 

7. Patrick Ewing, 2,894 (1985-2002) - The Ewing years were a golden era for Knicks basketball, as his dominant on-court play gave New York City perennial hope each season. Though he also had one-year stints in Seattle and Orlando, Ewing is best remembered as a Madison Square Garden fixture, racking up 11 All-Star selections and a Rookie of the Year award. He won two Olympic gold medals and a gold at the Americas Championship as well. 

8. Shaquille O’Neal, 2,732 (1992-2011) - Everybody loves Shaq. After taking the league by storm in 1992, O’Neal would go on to play for six different teams, collecting four NBA championships, 15 All-Star selections, an NBA Rookie of the Year and eight All-NBA First Team nods. He won gold in the 1994 FIBA World Cup and again at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. 

9. Tree Rollins, 2,542 (1977-95) - Rollins isn’t quite as universally recognized as some of the other names on this list, but his resume is solid nonetheless. He played for five teams during his NBA career, bagging NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 1984. Rollins has a gold medal from the 1975 Pan American Games and his number (30) was retired by Clemson. 

10. Robert Parish, 2,361 (1976-97) - Parish played for four different NBA teams during his career, but he’s most well-remembered as a Celtic. His number (00) was retired in Boston after Parish notched four NBA championships, nine All-Star selections, 23,334 points and 14,715 rebounds during his time on the court. He made the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. 

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