The NBA Stopper Rankings – Update 3

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(DeAndre Jordan & John Henson by Jeff Hanisch-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.  

DeAndre Jordan has overtaken Dwight Howard by a large margin in our third update.  Meanwhile, in our guard rankings Ricky Rubio continues to lead the way.
 

(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)

(stats updated as of Jan 27)

Overall Top 20

            Charges  
      D-Rebounds Steals Blocks Drawn Total Stops
1 2 DeAndre Jordan 453 47 112 1 613
2 1 Dwight Howard 419 41 81 0 541
3 7 LaMarcus Aldridge 404 41 45 0 490
4 4 Kevin Love 417 38 18 9 482
5 4 DeMarcus Cousins 338 71 48 18 475
6 3 Andre Drummond 330 60 79 2 471
7 6 Blake Griffin 355 54 29 14 452
8 8 Andrew Bogut 330 32 83 6 451
9 9 Kevin Durant 318 69 40 0 427
9 NR Joakim Noah 320 49 55 3 427
11 13 Serge Ibaka 282 21 115 0 418
12 14 Pau Gasol 336 18 62 1 417
12 NR Tim Duncan 315 20 81 1 417
14 NR Anderson Varejao 318 50 36 3 407
15 17 Paul Millsap 261 73 51 5 390
16 NR Al Jefferson 304 33 46 0 383
17 18 Spencer Hawes 297 27 58 0 382
18 12 Josh Smith 238 70 61 6 375
19 19 Miles Plumlee 272 30 68 2 372
20 11 Derrick Favors 272 42 56 1 371
20 NR Marcin Gortat 279 21 69 2 371

 

Top 5 Guards

            Charges  
      D-Rebounds Steals Blocks Drawn Total Stops
1 1 Ricky Rubio 167 117 7 3 294
2 5 Victor Oladipo 175 72 33 2 282
3 3 Lance Stephenson 233 30 3 4 270
4 4 John Wall 162 82 18 4 266
5 NR Stephen Curry 168 78 10 6 262

 

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