Top NBA Shotblockers
To be a top shotblocker in basketball, a player needs to have excellent timing, quickness and of course, height. Kidzworld looks at the role of the shotblocker in the NBA.
NBA Shotblockers - Defensive Force
A good shotblocker
can be a huge psyhcological advantage
to a team. A big blocked shot can fire up a team like a big sack does in football
or a big body check does in hockey
. When a player comes up with a huge rejection, it can pick the rest of the team up and intimidate
offensive players from going hard to the hoop. For example, when a 300 pound player like Shaq
or Ben Wallace
is standing in the middle of the key, a player is going to think twice about driving through the lane to the hoop. A good shotblocker may cause shooters to change their shots
or concentrate on the shotblocker, not on their shots.
NBA Shotblockers - Keys To Success
A good shotblocker in basketball needs to have several important skills and qualities:
Timing - A player must be able to judge when the shooter will release the ball and then block it at the right time. If a player swats a shot away after the ball is on the way down, it's called goaltending and the basket counts.
Quickness - A player needs to be able to rotate quickly to get in front of the shooter.
Height - Size matters in the NBA, especially for shotblockers. Most of the NBA's best blockers are close to seven feet or taller.
Jumping Ability - Leaping ability can help a player get to a shot sooner and force a player to hurry their shot.
Keep The Ball In Play - A shotblocker needs to be able to direct the shot to another defensive teammate or to get possession of the ball themselves. Knocking a shot away to another offensive player isn't much help.
NBA Shotblockers - Best In The NBA
Shaquille O'Neal - Not only is Shaq a dominating force offensively, his size and athletic ability make him a force on defence.
Ben Wallace - Big Ben has size, great quickness and his massive 'fro makes him even more intimidating to opposing shooters.
Tim Duncan - He's probably the most athletic "big man" in the NBA. Tim Duncan's timing is awesome and his jumping ability is amazing for someone who's nearly seven feet tall.
Top NBA Point Guards
Yao Ming Biography
2004 NBA Season Preview
More Stories On The NBA