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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:

YearPlayerMin.Blk.Wing / Post?
2004/05Eric Williams13224Wing
Juwan Howard16245Post
Jason Kapono14916Wing
Jalen Rose271010Wing
Jerome Williams121110Post
2005/06Juwan Howard25378Post
Reggie Evans139310Post
Peja Stojakovic260110Wing
2006/07Jason Kapono17672Wing
Adam Morrison23266Wing
Juwan Howard21238Post
2007/08Jason Kapono15302Wing
Reggie Evans18798Post
Thaddeus Young15548Wing
Peja Stojakovic271110Wing
2008/09Jason Kapono18113Wing
Peja Stojakovic20473Wing
Carlos Boozer11967Post

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.

YearPlayerMin.Blk.Wing / Post?
2004/05Juwan Howard16245Post
Jerome Williams121110Post
2005/06Juwan Howard25378Post
Reggie Evans139310Post
2006/07Juwan Howard21238Post
2007/08Reggie Evans18798Post
2008/09Carlos Boozer11967Post

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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