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Just How Bad a Shot-Blocker is Carlos Boozer, Anyway?

During last night's Jazz/Lakers game, JAZZSPIN.com sent this Tweet:

Boozer now has 14% of his blocks on the year against the Lakers.

So I looked at the totals: 1196 minutes played for Carlos Boozer, and 7 blocks. Absolutely baffling. So I did some research. How common is it for players of Boozer's size to play so many minutes and block so few shots?

Per basketball-reference, here's the answer to that question:

Year Player Min. Blk. Wing / Post?
2004/05 Eric Williams 1322 4 Wing
Juwan Howard 1624 5 Post
Jason Kapono 1491 6 Wing
Jalen Rose 2710 10 Wing
Jerome Williams 1211 10 Post
2005/06 Juwan Howard 2537 8 Post
Reggie Evans 1393 10 Post
Peja Stojakovic 2601 10 Wing
2006/07 Jason Kapono 1767 2 Wing
Adam Morrison 2326 6 Wing
Juwan Howard 2123 8 Post
2007/08 Jason Kapono 1530 2 Wing
Reggie Evans 1879 8 Post
Thaddeus Young 1554 8 Wing
Peja Stojakovic 2711 10 Wing
2008/09 Jason Kapono 1811 3 Wing
Peja Stojakovic 2047 3 Wing
Carlos Boozer 1196 7 Post

In the last 5 years, 10 different players have accomplished that feat 18 times. Based on Peja Stojakovic's and Jason Kapono's presence on the list, it's clear that we should consider positional tendencies, though. So, here's the list again, this time with "Wing" players excluded.

Year Player Min. Blk. Wing / Post?
2004/05 Juwan Howard 1624 5 Post
Jerome Williams 1211 10 Post
2005/06 Juwan Howard 2537 8 Post
Reggie Evans 1393 10 Post
2006/07 Juwan Howard 2123 8 Post
2007/08 Reggie Evans 1879 8 Post
2008/09 Carlos Boozer 1196 7 Post

Both Juwan Howard and Jerome Williams were in their 30s when they made this list, making Boozer and Reggie Evans the players 6'08" or taller, in their athletic primes, to play roughly 1200 minutes in a season and block fewer than 10 shots.

There are, of course, some caveats. First, that's a lot of endpoints. Second, one need not block shots in order to be a great defender. Third, and most obviously, he's been injured this year.Nonetheless, it seems like a man of Boozer's size should be able to luck into a few blocked shots every now and again.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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