Is Kentucky Forward Nerlens Noel a Better Shot Blocker Than Anthony Davis?

By Paul Seaver
Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Before we open up Pandora’s box with the Nerlens Noel vs. Anthony Davis debate, let me first say that the accomplishments by Davis a season ago are virtually unmatched and the accolades that the former No. 1 overall pick racked up in his lone year at Kentucky may just never be comparable to anyone for that matter.

However, let us at least dive into once facet of the debate: shot blocking.

On Tuesday night, the Wildcats picked up a crucial road victory against No. 16 Ole Miss and despite being limited by foul trouble, Noel managed to have what might have been the biggest impact on the game aside fromKyle Wiltjer’s career-high 26 points.

Mustering just two points on a pair of free throws in the contest, Noel found other ways to help guide the Wildcats to victory. His 12 blocked shots and seven rebounds were enough to raise a few eyebrows and with that being said, he did so while managing four fouls and playing for 36 minutes.

With his 12 blocks on Tuesday night, Noel now has 94 total on the season. Ironically enough, that now puts him one block ahead of Davis’ mark through 20 games a season ago. Davis had 93 blocks through his first 20 collegiate games.

Now surely only time will tell if Noel will be within striking distance of Davis’ single-season mark, but the fact of the matter does remain that he is neck and neck with him at this junction of the season.

It’s not even worth answering the question over who’s the better shot blocker, but in turn let the numbers add up first and touch base later on depending on Noel’s continued production this season. Noel won’t get the accolades that Davis acquired a season ago, but at least from a shot blocking perspective, he may have a chance at one record.


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