The Most Unofficial Official All-Time NBA Record.

2020-04-06

Hakeem Olajuwon is listed as the all-time leader in career blocks for the NBA at 3,826. As the closest active player is over 1,700 blocks away (Dwight Howard with 2,127 as of the 2019-2020 NBA season), this record will likely remain unbroken, barring a fundamental shift to the NBA game.

That said, this record is almost certainly incorrect. First, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is third all-time in career blocks at 3,189. However, the NBA did not start recording blocks until Kareem's fifth NBA season. Kareem played 321 regular-season games in his first four seasons. If we conservatively estimate he averaged 3.0 blocks a game, a mark he cleared until he was 33-years-old, he probably has over 4,000 career blocks, well in front of Hakeem. What's more, the NBA didn't record blocks in the days of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Rusell. Given that they hold the top two spots on rebounds by not a close margin, it's likely one of them is also the "real" all-time NBA blocks leader. Still, "officially," the record is Hakeem's!

Tags: All-Time Record, Bill Russell, Blocks, Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA, Wilt Chamberlain

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