Boucher is a giant man who makes use of his 7-foot-4 wingspan to make life extremely difficult for his opponents. The truth is, he’s at present conducting that in a manner that has by no means been carried out within the NBA.
In accordance with PBP Stats, Boucher is averaging 0.95 blocks on three-pointers per 100 possessions. Primarily based on our analysis, that’s the highest fee (minimal: 200 minutes) amongst all gamers since 2000-01. Whereas the info will not be obtainable earlier than 2000, based mostly on the inflow of three-point taking pictures within the NBA, it’s extremely unlikely anybody has come near touching this fee.
The earlier finest marks got here from James Johnson (0.88) in 2012-13 and Mitchell Robinson (0.86) in 2018-19.
Boucher has already recorded 14 blocks on three-point makes an attempt up to now this season. For context, that ranks as greater than each crew within the league aside from his Raptors (clearly) and the Philadelphia 76ers. After simply 31 video games, that’s greater than seven groups recorded in the course of the 82-game season in 2018-19.
Simply watch what Boucher did to Indiana Pacers ahead Doug McDermott final month. It’s the form of second that can make anybody concern getting a shot up if Boucher is even on the ground, not to mention if he’s guarding them.
As for why this can be the case, first, you will need to perceive some context. The league-average crew is averaging 34.9 three-pointers tried per sport in 2020-21, which is an all-time excessive. In the meantime, for the second 12 months in a row, the Raptors are permitting opponents to take three-pointers extra typically than practically any crew within the league.
Up to now this season, per Cleansing the Glass, greater than 40 p.c of the sector objective makes an attempt opponents have taken in opposition to Toronto have come from past the arc. Put these two components collectively and meaning there are merely extra alternatives to contest three-pointers than ever earlier than.
It’s no secret that below head coach Nick Nurse, their defensive philosophy has been predicated on conceding photographs on the perimeter however stopping seems to be close to the basket. Toronto’s bigs are sometimes aligned and deliberately positioned near the ring.
One 12 months later, Chris Boucher leads the league with 14 blocked 3s and the Raptors lead the league with 23. Matisse Thybulle (9) and the 76ers (20) are the one remotely shut competitors. https://t.co/XwRU1N2QrD
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) February 22, 2021
Boucher, as defined by Blake Murphy, has displayed the distinctive potential to correctly defend the restricted space but nonetheless showcase his outstanding stride to shut out on shooters (through The Athletic):
“The Raptors have an elite suite of gamers who could cause shooters to panic as limbs come flying at them with abandon. It’s not simply that the Raptors have the potential to dam 5 3s in a sport, though that’s absolutely terrifying by itself. It’s additionally that the Raptors’ shot-blockers can cowl loads of floor rapidly, which provides Nick Nurse safety in utilizing the crew’s aggressive methods for limiting main scorers and sealing off the rim, typically on the similar time.”
Murphy added that Boucher is doing fairly a bit extra than simply swatting the photographs. In accordance with his analysis, opponents are taking pictures 26.2 p.c in three-point makes an attempt in opposition to Boucher. That’s the lowest mark of anybody who has recorded not less than 100 contests from past the arc.
Boucher has performed an extremely important position as a defensive participant for the Raptors. Throughout a seven-point victory on Feb. 21, Toronto outscored the Philadelphia 76ers by 32 factors when Boucher was on the ground.
Regardless that Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson is the frontrunner for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Yr in 2021, Toronto’s Boucher is giving him a run for his cash to this point resulting from this type of large affect.
Beneath, you’ll be able to watch a compilation that includes Boucher swatting away a ton of three-pointers final season:
G League MVP Chris Boucher: ‘I did issues I didn’t know I may’
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