The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague has a new shot-blocking king, Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Bryant Dunston!
Dunston moved into first place on the all-time charts for blocked shots with his first block in tonight's road game against Olympiacos Piraeus, his former team. With that, Dunston reached 250 career blocked shots, moving past retired Spanish big man Fran Vazquez, who has long been sitting atop the all-time rankings with 249.
The history-making block on Thursday came with 5:50 to play in the first quarter when Dunston's former teammate at Olympiacos, Kostas Papanikolaou, drove along the baseline and tried a reverse layup. Dunston was not fooled and sent the shot cleanly out of bounds.
Dunston, a two-time Best Defender Trophy winner in his eighth EuroLeague season, reached the record his 197th game. During his career, 34-year old Dunston has had five seasons in which he registered more than 30 blocks, including 52 in the 2017-18 campaign. He rejected at least 26 shots in each season in which he played at least 10 games and has averaged at least 1.1 per game in all seven of his full seasons.
Dunston made his EuroLeague debut at the age of 27 with Olympiacos Piraeus in the 2013-14 season. In two years with Reds, he was voted back-to-back Best Defender and totaled 70 blocks before joining Efes in the summer of 2015. He has been with Efes ever since.