Block (basketball)


Block (basketball)

In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a shot from an offensive player. The defender must not touch the offensive player's hands or otherwise a "foul" is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur while the shot is traveling upward. If it is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled as goaltending and counts as a made basket. Goaltending is also called if the block is made after the ball bounces on the backboard (NCAA/NFHS excepted). Nicknames for blocked shots include "rejections," "stuffs," "swats," and "denials." Blocked shots were first officially recorded in the NBA during the 1973-74 season.

Largely due to their height and position near the basket, centers and power forwards tend to record the most blocks. A blocked shot is considered to be one of the most exciting plays in basketball. A player with the ability to block shots can be a great asset to a team's defense, as they can make it difficult for opposing players to shoot near the basket and by keeping the basketball in play, as opposed to swatting it out of bounds, a blocked shot can lead to a fast break, a skill Bill Russell was notable for. To be a good shot-blocker, a player needs great court sense and timing, and good height or jumping ability. A great shot-blocker can intimidate opponents to alter their shots, resulting in a miss.

Some of the best shot-blockers in the NBA have been Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Mark Eaton, Manute Bol, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tree Rollins, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Ben Wallace, Theo Ratliff, Jermaine O'Neal, Andrei Kirilenko, Marcus Camby, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett and Josh Smith.

hot blocking records in the NBA

* Most blocks in a single game: Elmore Smith (17)
* Most blocks in a single half: Elmore Smith, George Johnson, Manute Bol (11 each)
* Most blocks per game in a season: Mark Eaton (5.56)
* Most career blocks: Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830)
* Most blocks per game in a career: Mark Eaton (3.50)

External links

* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/BLK_career.html Career block leaders on Basketball-Reference.com]
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=nWFsL4Y8RVA YouTube: Bill Russell Block Art]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Block (Basketball) — Óscar Torres bei einem Shotblock Als Shotblock bezeichnet man beim Basketball das Wegschlagen eines auf den Korb geworfenen Balles durch einen verteidigenden Spieler, um so einen möglichen Korberfolg des Gegners zu verhindern. Wichtig ist dabei,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • John Block (basketball) — Infobox NBA Player name = John Block caption = position = Forward nickname = height ft = 6 height in = 9 weight lb = 207 team = nationality = USA birth date = birth date and age|1944|4|16 birth place = Los Angeles college = USC highschool = draft …   Wikipedia

  • John Block (basketball) — John Block John William Block, Jr. (né le 16 avril 1944 à Glendale, Californie) est un ancien joueur américain de basket ball. Intérieur de 2m08 issu de l université de Californie du Sud, Block passa 10 saisons en National Basketball Association… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Block — may refer to: * A way of controlling train movement in railway signalling * Postage stamp block, an attached group of postage stampsObjects* A large concrete or stone brick * Block (sailing), a single or multiple pulley used on sailboats *… …   Wikipedia

  • Basketball — This article is about the sport. For the ball used in the sport, see Basketball (ball). For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). Basketball …   Wikipedia

  • Basketball moves — are generally individual actions used by players in basketball to pass by defenders to gain access to the basket or to get a clean pass to a teammate. Contents 1 Dribbling 1.1 Crossover dribble 1.2 Between the legs …   Wikipedia

  • Block O — is a student organization on the campus of The Ohio State University and also serves as the official student cheering section of the Ohio State Buckeyes. [ [http://www.blocko.org/about.html Block O ] ] Founded in 1938, Block O has grown to become …   Wikipedia

  • Block (Sport) — Ein Block ist eine Aktion in verschiedenen Mannschaftssportarten die den Gegner am erfolgreichen Abschluss einer Spielhandlung hindern soll. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Basketball 2 Volleyball 3 Beachvolleyball 4 Faustball …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • block — blockable, adj. /blok/, n. 1. a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more flat or approximately flat faces. 2. a hollow masonry building unit of cement, terra cotta, etc.: a wall made of concrete blocks. 3. one of a set of cube… …   Universalium

  • Block — Notizblock; Schreibblock; Klotz * * * Block [blɔk], der; [e]s, s und Blöcke [ blœkə]: 1. <Plural: Blöcke> festes, großes Stück aus einheitlichem Material: ein Block aus Beton. Syn.: ↑ Brocken, ↑ Klotz, ↑ Klumpen. Zus …   Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.