After the Washington Wizards win over the Chicago Bulls, John Wall created a small twitter controversy after claiming “he was the best shot-blocking guard after D-Wade.” Many NBA fans on twitter thought that Wall was both wrong and overconfident.
But Wall is certainly one of the best shot blocking guards in the league, so I went to find out exactly how good he is. Check out the search I did here. It actually turns out that Wall actually IS directly behind Dwayne Wade in blocks per 36 minutes among guards. However, Dwyane Wade is the second best shot-blocking guard in the league this season, not the best. That honor belongs to John Wall’s former college teammate, Eric Bledsoe.
But Wall’s status as third among all guards in blocks per 36 minutes shows that his bluster about his elite shot blocking status has quite a lot of truth to it.
Edit: First, I made a mistake last night, forgetting to mention Maurice Harkless as second in blocks. So Dwayne Wade is not the second best shot-blocking guard, he is the third best (but not really, more on that later). But Harkless is 6′ 8″, so he barely counts in my opinion.
Second, Wall’s three blocks last night led to him surpassing Dwyane Wade in blocks per 36 minutes! So Wall might actually be underrating his shot-blocking skill.