Being a guard in the NBA and defending one, just like the other positions, is a battle between two world-class talents. One of them has the element of surprise because he has craftiness up his sleeve, will he attempt a floater? a finger roll? a scoop shot layup?
Knowing all the various kinds of shots in the opponent’s repertoire, a guard must be on his heels at all times and that requires great attention to detail along with a superior sense of shot blocking.
From the 38-year-old Jason Kidd shutting down the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron to D-Wade almost surpassing Michael Jordan's 893 blocks which is the highest number of blocks for a guard, where do these players land in the shot blocking guards list?
Let us have a look at the 10 most prominent shot blocking guards in NBA History.
#10 Jason Kidd - 450 Blocks
Jason Kidd was a gem when it came to playing defense. His All-NBA Defensive team selections are 9 in total, of which 4 are first team and 5 are second-team selections. Even at age 38, Kidd knew how to stir up trouble for the young KD and prime LeBron James.
Kidd never was an elite shot blocker but always gave an adequate amount of importance to shot blocking, that's why when we look at his career we see low but consistent number blocks and that added up to an impressive total of 450 blocks when it was all said and done for the 6'4 PG and triple-double genius.
To this day, people still believe the then 38-year-old's defense on LeBron in the 2011 NBA Finals is one of the many factors that put the trophy up for grabs to the Dallas Mavericks.