In his 15-year career in the NBA, Brook Lopez has been one of the league’s premier shot blockers. His 1,575 career blocked shots rank 34th all-time in the NBA. This season, however, Lopez may be having his best season as a rim-protector.
Lopez on pace for 200+ blocks this season
Lopez currently leads the league with 45 blocks. He has a block in 16 of the 17 games he’s played and has two or more blocks in 12 of his 17 games, most in the association. To give you an example of how important his defense is to the Bucks’ success, consider that he is averaging 3.0 blocks in Bucks’ wins and 1.8 in Bucks’ losses this season.
The 45 blocked shots in 17 games for Lopez projects out to 217 for the 2022-23 season. That would be a career high for Lopez and would give him the third-most blocked shots in a season by a Bucks’ player. His best season was in 2018-19 with the Bucks when he had 179 blocks. Only three Bucks players have blocked 200 or more shots in a season:
Most blocked shots in a season by a Milwaukee Bucks player
283-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1973-74
238-Elmore Smith, 1975-76
212-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1974-75
201-Larry Sanders, 2012-13
Lopez is already about halfway to collecting 100 blocked shots this season. He has three 100+ blocked shot seasons with the Bucks; that makes him one of seven Milwaukee players to have three or more seasons with 100 or more blocks. Alton Lister tops the Bucks’ list with five seasons with 100+ blocked shots.
Most seasons with 100+ blocked shots by Bucks player
4-Giannis Antetokounmpo, Harvey Catchings, John Henson
3-Vin Baker, Andrew Bogut, Brook Lopez
In addition to his three seasons with 100+ blocked shots in Milwaukee, Lopez had seven seasons with 100+ blocks as a member of the Nets’ franchise. That gives him 10 seasons in his career with 100+ blocked shots. He is one of 18 players in NBA history to have 100+ blocked shots in 10 or more seasons in the NBA. Tim Duncan tops this category with 17 seasons with 100+ blocks.
Games where Lopez had four-plus blocked shots
- Lopez has five games this season where he has blocked four or more shots. That’s the most in the league this season. In his Bucks’ career, Lopez has 43 games where he had four-plus blocks; that is good enough for fifth on the team’s all-time list. For his NBA career, Lopez had four or more blocks in 109 games, good enough for 36th on the NBA’s all-time list.
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