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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.

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    Best Shotblocker In The NBA?

    • Ben Wallace.
    • Tim Duncan.
    • Shaquille O'Neal.
    • Yao Ming.

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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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    angelover4
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    angelover4
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