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The NBA Stopper Rankings – Update 5

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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 increased his lead over Dwight Howard by a large margin in our fufth update.  Meanwhile, in our guard rankings, both Lance Stephenson and John Wall have pulled ahead of year-long leader Ricky Rubio .
 

(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 Mar 13th)

 

Overall Top 20

            Charges  
      D-Rebounds Steals Blocks Drawn Total Stops
1 1 DeAndre Jordan 649 66 162 1 878
2 2 Dwight Howard 580 55 113 0 748
3 5 Andre Drummond 488 85 119 4 696
4 4 Kevin Love 595 52 28 15 690
5 6 DeMarcus Cousins 477 83 71 24 655
6 8 Joakim Noah 476 66 93 6 641
7 3 LaMarcus Aldridge 520 52 60 0 632
7 12 Anthony Davis 387 79 164 2 632
9 8 Tim Duncan 470 31 113 2 616
10 7 Blake Griffin 481 75 36 18 610
11 14 Al Jefferson 470 54 64 0 588
12 10 Andrew Bogut 424 44 106 7 581
13 11 Kevin Durant 439 88 47 0 574
14 13 Serge Ibaka 380 28 162 0 570
15 16 Josh Smith 367 96 94 6 563
16 17 Spencer Hawes 438 34 79 1 552
17 18 Marcin Gortat 426 29 92 3 550
18 19 Pau Gasol 424 23 78 2 527
19 15 Paul Millsap 341 104 61 5 511
20 NR Carmelo Anthony 395 75 40 0 510


Top Five Guards

            Charges  
      D-Rebounds Steals Blocks Drawn Total Stops
1 2 Lance Stephenson 368 46 5 4 423
2 4 John Wall 236 124 31 7 398
3 1 Ricky Rubio 227 153 9 6 395
4 3 Victor Oladipo 239 101 36 2 378
5 NR Kyle Lowry 222 99 13 28 362

 

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