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Tim Duncan is your NBA Playoffs all time blocks leader

Jun 1, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

There were not a lot of highlights for the Spurs in Game 3 against Thunder, it was a rout.

However, at one point Tim Duncan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabar for most blocks ever in the playoffs. It’s an impressive accomplishment — 477 blocks in the playoffs alone. It’s something KAJ congratulated Duncan for on twitter the next day.

To be fair, the NBA didn’t start counting playoff blocks until 1974, so he played in four postseasons — including a championship one — where we don’t know how many shots he sent back. Although you can bet it was plenty. Plus none of Bill Russell’s or Wilt Chamberlain’s blocks were counted.

But let’s not take away from what Duncan has accomplished. He is maybe the best power forward ever to play the game and his blocks and career deserve the acknowledgment.

  1. rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Nice accomplishment. But, when the older players weren’t tracked, and didn’t play as many rounds of playoffs (or not as many games per round), it is a little tainted.

    • londonaiooo - Jun 2, 2012 at 5:57 AM

      Tainted probably isn’t the right word to use, it’s still an amazing accomplishment. Misleading is probably the better way to describe him being number 1 in blocks, for the reasons mentioned in the article. Fantastic player still, which is why he’s in the discussion with these historically great players.

  2. begoodharry - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Better than Kevin Garnett?? Nahhhhhh!!!

  3. davidly - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    He’s a phenom, no doubt. Great player all around. But – and I know I’ll garner a load of stfu for this – but, but, I think Rodman is the bpfe, his vastly lower point totals notwithstanding.

    And Bill Russell rules!

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