The NBA Stopper Rankings: Update 1

The NBA Stopper Rankings: Update 1

Hoops Manifesto

The NBA Stopper Rankings: Update 1

Nov 30, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) attempts to keep control of the ball against Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

 

It seems like every other day a new stat comes out to try to help us all understand the game of basketball a little better than we did the day before.  So, in that vein, The Hoops Manifesto introduces it’s NBA Stopper Rankings – a different sort of defensive ranking system for NBA players.

When you boil it right down to its essence, what is the goal of an NBA team on defense?  It’s to prevent the opponent from scoring.  And the ways that a team can achieve that goal is by: rebounding an opponent’s errant shot, blocking an opponent’s shot attempt, stealing the ball from the opponent, or drawing an offensive foul from the opponent.  That is what The Hoops Manifesto’s NBA Stopper Rankings are all about – discovering which players in the league are best at ending an opponent’s offensive possession.
(Since big men have more opportunities to rack up many of the stats we are tracking, we’ve also including a Top Five Guard ranking)

 

Overall Top 20

Boards Steals Blocks Charges Total Stops
1 Joel Embiid 279 12 49 0 340
2 Rudy Gobert 224 23 50 0 297
3 Anthony Davis 199 34 57 2 292
4 Giannis Antetokounmpo 223 32 28 0 283
5 Hassan Whiteside 203 13 61 0 277
6 Andre Drummond 205 29 37 0 271
7 Karl-Anthony Towns 209 22 37 1 269
8 DeAndre Jordan 230 13 22 1 266
9 Marc Gasol 180 36 31 7 254
10 Nikola Vucevic 201 24 25 0 250
11 Kevin Durant 181 23 27 1 232
12 Clint Capela 161 10 50 1 222
13 Ben Simmons 165 33 18 0 216
13 Nikola Jokic 166 31 17 2 216
13 Nikola Mirotic 181 19 15 1 216
16 Paul George 143 48 18 1 210
17 Deandre Ayton 177 13 19 0 209
18 Enes Kanter 185 11 12 0 208
19 Robert Covington 116 52 34 1 203
20 Tobias Harris 176 12 11 0 199

 

Top Five Guards

Boards Steals Blocks Charges Total Stops
1 Ben Simmons 165 33 18 0 216
2 James Harden 100 45 12 0 157
3 Justin Holiday 98 42 13 0 153
4 Jrue Holiday 84 41 19 2 146
5 Kyle Lowry 92 32 9 10 143

 

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