- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
Basketball's statistical revolution is under way. The 21st century has ushered in a new era of player tracking and data collection that simply wasn't possible with the Apple IIGS and LaserDiscs. Thanks to technology, we have robust statistical databases with truth-bearing fruit just waiting to be plucked from the branches.
Sifting through the various troves of data, there's so much more we can learn about the game with our newly available information. The NBA junkie no longer has to look around for the next fix with sites like Hoopdata.com, 82games.com, basketballvalue.com and the newly debuted NBA.com StatsCube.
Who is the toughest player to block? What was the shortest lineup of the season? Who is the most needy shooter in the NBA?
Let's get rolling with the first ever Stathead Superlatives. First, the individual leaderboards:
Hardest to Block
Who's the toughest player to block? Ask around the NBA and the answer you'll get is usually LeBron James. Now they have some numbers to back it up. You can get a hand on the ball, but the two-time MVP usually muscles it to the rim. LeBron is the only player in the NBA to have twice as many and-1s as shots blocked. Not surprisingly, Shaq, the most massive player in the NBA, is also one of the toughest to swat, ranking right up there with LeBron. The most impressive of the bunch? Chris Paul, the 6-footer, has been blocked only 29 times even though he has taken 164 layups. Crafty.
19hSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann