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NBA Playoffs: All-time leaders in postseason career blocked shots

'Defense wins championships' is a pretty popular belief that NBA teams abide by.

Until the game's recent evolution to pace-and-space and 3-point shooting, the game was heavily concentrated near the rim. So, defensive centers were an essential and critical part of nearly every team's roster.

However, an important factor must be noted. 'Blocks' were recognised for the first time only in the 1973-74 season, which eliminates all-time great centers like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain from this category while also taking off a couple of years from the career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Anyhow, since 1973, Tim Duncan leads the way with 568 playoff career blocked shots, nearly a century more than second-placed Abdul-Jabbar.

Here's a look at the top 10 players with the most career postseason blocks:

Rank Player Playoff career blocks Playoff games
1 Tim Duncan 568 251
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 476 237
3 Hakeem Olajuwon 472 145
4 Shaquille O'Neal 459 216
5 David Robinson 312 123
6 Robert Parish 309 184
7 Patrick Ewing 303 139
8 Serge Ibaka 292 146
9 Kevin McHale 281 169
10 LeBron James 252 266

Serge Ibaka (8th) and LeBron James (10th) are the only active player in the top 10 for postseason career blocks, a leaderboard led by Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.

Outside of that, there are three more active players ranked between 10-25 - Dwight Howard (248, 13th), Kevin Durant (182, 24th) and Draymond Green (180, 25th).

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