Best Blockers in Basketball

Last season, the Chicago Sky set the WNBA record for blocks when they swatted away 225 shots. This marked only the second time in WNBA history that a team had exceeded 200 blocks in a season, topping the Los Angeles Sparks total of 216 in 2008. Third on the all-time WNBA list is the 2011 Chicago Sky who totaled 185 blocks.

This season, after three games, the Sky is ahead of their record pace from last season, averaging 9 blocks per game including two performances of 10 or more blocks in a game. On opening night, the Sky blocked 10 Indiana Fever shots on their way to overcoming an 18 point deficit and a 74-71 victory. On Wednesday May 21, the Sky totaled 12 blocks- the second highest game total in their franchise history- while beating the Connecticut Sun 78-68.

Since 2011, the Chicago Sky has had eight games of 10 or more blocks which leads the WNBA in this category. According to Stats LLC, the league has had a total of 23 games with 10 or more blocks during this timeframe (including 2014 games played thru Thursday 5/22).

During this 3+ year period, the Sky leads the WNBA in blocks with 566, over 14% more than the second place team. The Sky has been led by Sylvia Fowles who totaled 176 blocks during this period. The Sky had eight individual performances of 20 or more blocks in a season during this period:

In 2014, three Sky players are on pace to join this group- Jessica Breland, Elena Delle Donne and Sasha Goodlett all averaging more than two blocks per game. Sylvia Fowles, the Sky all-time block leader, should also return to action in time to add to the teamís total.

WNBA Team Block Leaders: 2011 thru games of 5/22/14

The NBA leader over the same time frame was the Oklahoma City Thunder who totaled 1902 blocks. The NBA plays 82 games per season (compared to the WNBA 34 games per season). The NBA regulation game runs for 48 minutes (compared to the WNBA game of 40 minutes). We can compare the tops in the WNBA with the tops in the NBA by using a number based on blocks per 48 minutes of play. Using this number, the top blocking teams in pro basketball are:

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