Through 10 games, Roy Hibbert has emerged as the most dominant shot blocker the league has seen in years, swatting away 46 shots during his first 10 games this season.
The 7-foot-2 is averaging more rejections per game than nine teams in the NBA and has turned back at least two shots every time he has stepped out onto the floor this year.
Hibbert is making noise for much more than his play this season.
Earlier in the month, Hibbert took to Twitter to announce an individual goal he set for himself this season.
The Defensive Player of the Year award has been won by a center each of the past five years and the remarkable shot blocking pace Hibbert has set, on his way to a 377 block season, has made him the front runner for the award.
The achievement of 300 blocks in a season used to be normal, as the league leader in blocks swatted away 300 shots for 14 consecutive seasons from 1983-1996.
Hibbert has been one of the few centers with the ability to play each night in the league, missing a total of just six games over the past four years and each appearance is important if he wants to join Theo Ratliff as the only player to reject 300 shots in a season since the start of the new millennium.
Mo Williams– Portland Trail Blazers
Available in 89% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Portland finally has a reliable player to bring in off its bench. Williams, an All-Star point guard in 2009, has logged at least 21 minutes in each of his 10 appearances for the Trail Blazers and has delivered long range shooting and a viable distributor to play either in place of, or beside, Damian Lillard. Williams is averaging 10.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the field, 4.8 assists and has connected on nine 3-point field goals this year.
Gerald Green– Phoenix Suns
Available in 80% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Fans may be dissapointed with Green for not wanting to participate in the dunk contest but he has show more to his game than just athleticism during his first year in Phoenix. Green is averaging 13.1 points on a career-high 48.9 percent shooting and has developed a reliable 3-point shot. In his seventh season in the NBA, Green is averaging 2.2 made field goals from beyond the arc, shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range and has connected at least once from beyond the arc in each of his past eight games.
DeMarre Carroll– Atlanta Hawks
Available in 93% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Carroll fills the difficult role fantasy teams may need by providing efficient 3-point shooting and solid rebound numbers. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 9.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game and provides a different contribution each night. Against Philadelphia on Friday, he scored a season-high 21 points with five made 3-pointers and last Monday he totaled 10 rebounds during a win over Charlotte.
Terrence Jones– Houston Rockets
Available in 86% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The Rockets have been conducting auditions for its starting power forward position all season, but Jones may have emerged at the permanent solution following his 14 point, 12 rebound and three block performance against Denver on Saturday night. Over his past four games, Jones is averaging 9.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
Bismack Biyombo– Charlotte Bobcats
Available in 94% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
The expectations for Biyombo are clear, rebounds, blocks and little else. While his playing time has fluctuated throughout the season, his ability to rebound has never wavered. Biyombo has grabbed at least one offensive rebound in each of his 10 appearances this season and is averaging a career-high 7.9 rebounds per game. The 21-year-old tends to get his blocks in bulk, with 39 performances with three or more blocks during his career, so the slow start (1.2 blocks per game) could excel quickly.