Waiver Watch: Getting Defensive

It’s been a decade since an NBA player has posted 300 blocks in a single season.

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.

Point Guard

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.


Shooting Guard

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.


Small Forward

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.


Power Forward

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.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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