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Full Name: Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon Primary Position: C
First Game: October 27, 1984 Birthdate: January 21, 1963
Last Game: May 2, 2002 Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
NBA Experience: 18 years College: University of Houston


Biography

Hakeem Olajuwon was a legitimate two-way threat, being effective on both ends of the floor. On his own half of the hardwood, he was a standout defender (he was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year winner) and thwarted opponents with his shot-blocking ability, averaging 3.09 blocks per game in his career. He was quick enough to defend guards at the perimeter in clutch situations and was also an excellent ball-thief, averaging 1.75 steals per game in his career. Olajuwon was also a prolific rebounder, averaging 11.1 rebounds per game in his career, and leading the league in rebounding twice.

On offense, Olajuwon was famous for his soft touch around the basket and his footwork combined with a vast array of fake moves, highlighted in his signature Dream Shake (see below). He was a prolific scorer, averaging 21.8 points in his career, and an above average offensive rebounder, averaging 3.3 offensive rebounds per game in his career. Beyond this, Olajuwon could "put the ball on the floor" and dribble with guard-like quickness. He is also one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double, illustrating his versatility.

In Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, the Raptors have one of the best centers ever to play the game and one of the most accomplished players in league history. The NBA named the Nigerian-born Olajuwon one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996-97 in conjunction with the league's 50th anniversary celebration. Showing remarkable agility, moves and shooting touch for a big man, Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to the only NBA championships in franchise history. In 1993-94 he had a storybook season, becoming the first player to be named NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP in the same season as Houston won its first NBA championship. The following season he rallied the Rockets from a sixth seed in the playoffs to their second straight NBA crown, making Houston one of only five NBA franchises ever to win back-to-back titles.

Despite stellar play from Olajuwon during his first few seasons in the league, the Rockets had settled into mediocrity since the team's trip to the NBA Finals in 1986—Houston didn't win a playoff series from 1988 through 1992. Beginning in 1992-93 Olajuwon got even better, taking himself and the Rockets to new levels of success. Introducing a new line of spins, fadeaways and jump shots, he became virtually unstoppable on offense while continuing to mature both on defense and as a team leader. In the next four seasons he averaged 26.1, 27.3, 27.8 and 26.9 points per game. In 1993 he was NBA Defensive Player of the Year and runner-up for league MVP as the Rockets won 55 games and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals.

In 1993-94 Olajuwon attained the pinnacle of achievement when he won both the league and NBA Finals MVP Awards while leading Houston to its first-ever NBA crown. The Rockets entered the 1994-95 postseason seeded sixth, but Olajuwon averaged 33.0 points on .531 shooting from the field in the playoffs to help Houston capture its second consecutive NBA championship. His transcendent performance throughout the postseason earned him mention among the greatest winners in recent history—players such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Isiah Thomas.

Following his triumphant 1994-95 season, Olajuwon, who had become a naturalized American citizen in 1993, was named to the 1996 Dream Team, which would win gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

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Statistics

  • NBA All-Star Games:
  • NBA Championships: 1994, 1995
  • NBA Finals MVP: 1994, 1995
  • Defensive Player of the Year: 1993, 1994
  • NBA MVP: 1994
  • All NBA First Team: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997
  • All NBA Second Team: 1986, 1990, 1996
  • All NBA Third Team: 1991, 1995, 1999
  • All Defensive Team: 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994
  • One of only four players to record a quadruple-double in an NBA game.
  • All time NBA leader in blocked shots (3,830)

Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1985 HOU 82 82 2914 677 1258 .538 0 0 .000 338 551 .613 440 534 974 111 99 220 234 344 1692
1986 HOU 68 68 2467 625 1188 .526 0 0 .000 347 538 .645 333 448 781 137 134 231 195 271 1597
1987 HOU 75 75 2760 677 1332 .508 1 5 .200 400 570 .702 315 543 858 220 140 254 228 294 1755
1988 HOU 79 79 2825 712 1385 .514 0 4 .000 381 548 .695 302 657 959 163 162 214 243 324 1805
1989 HOU 82 82 3024 790 1556 .508 0 10 .000 454 652 .696 338 767 1105 149 213 282 275 329 2034
1990 HOU 82 82 3124 806 1609 .501 1 6 .167 382 536 .713 299 850 1149 234 174 376 316 314 1995
1991 HOU 56 50 2062 487 959 .508 0 4 .000 213 277 .769 219 551 770 131 121 221 174 221 1187
1992 HOU 70 69 2636 591 1177 .502 0 1 .000 328 428 .766 246 599 845 157 127 304 187 263 1510
1993 HOU 82 82 3242 848 1603 .529 0 8 .000 444 570 .779 283 785 1068 291 150 342 262 305 2140
1994 HOU 80 80 3277 894 1694 .528 8 19 .421 388 542 .716 229 726 955 287 128 297 271 289 2184
1995 HOU 72 72 2853 798 1545 .517 3 16 .188 406 537 .756 172 603 775 255 133 242 237 250 2005
1996 HOU 72 72 2797 768 1494 .514 3 14 .214 397 548 .724 176 608 784 257 113 207 247 242 1936
1997 HOU 78 78 2852 727 1426 .510 5 16 .313 351 446 .787 173 543 716 236 117 173 281 249 1810
1998 HOU 47 45 1633 306 633 .483 0 3 .000 160 212 .755 116 344 460 143 84 96 126 152 772
1999 HOU 50 50 1784 373 725 .514 4 13 .308 195 272 .717 106 372 478 88 82 123 139 160 945
2000 HOU 44 28 1049 193 421 .458 0 2 .000 69 112 .616 65 209 274 61 41 70 73 88 455
2001 HOU 58 55 1545 283 568 .498 0 1 .000 123 198 .621 124 307 431 72 70 88 81 141 689
2002 TOR 61 37 1378 194 418 .464 0 2 .000 47 84 .560 98 268 366 66 74 90 98 147 435
Career 1238 1186 44222 10749 20991 .512 25 124 .202 5423 7621 .712 4034 9714 13748 3058 2162 3830 3667 4383 26946

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1985 HOU 82 82 35.5 8.3 15.3 .538 0.0 0.0 .000 4.1 6.7 .613 5.4 6.5 11.9 1.4 1.2 2.7 2.9 4.2 20.6
1986 HOU 68 68 36.3 9.2 17.5 .526 0.0 0.0 .000 5.1 7.9 .645 4.9 6.6 11.5 2.0 2.0 3.4 2.9 4.0 23.5
1987 HOU 75 75 36.8 9.0 17.8 .508 0.0 0.1 .200 5.3 7.6 .702 4.2 7.2 11.4 2.9 1.9 3.4 3.0 3.9 23.4
1988 HOU 79 79 35.8 9.0 17.5 .514 0.0 0.1 .000 4.8 6.9 .695 3.8 8.3 12.1 2.1 2.1 2.7 3.1 4.1 22.8
1989 HOU 82 82 36.9 9.6 19.0 .508 0.0 0.1 .000 5.5 8.0 .696 4.1 9.4 13.5 1.8 2.6 3.4 3.4 4.0 24.8
1990 HOU 82 82 38.1 9.8 19.6 .501 0.0 0.1 .167 4.7 6.5 .713 3.6 10.4 14.0 2.9 2.1 4.6 3.9 3.8 24.3
1991 HOU 56 50 36.8 8.7 17.1 .508 0.0 0.1 .000 3.8 4.9 .769 3.9 9.8 13.8 2.3 2.2 3.9 3.1 3.9 21.2
1992 HOU 70 69 37.7 8.4 16.8 .502 0.0 0.0 .000 4.7 6.1 .766 3.5 8.6 12.1 2.2 1.8 4.3 2.7 3.8 21.6
1993 HOU 82 82 39.5 10.3 19.5 .529 0.0 0.1 .000 5.4 7.0 .779 3.5 9.6 13.0 3.5 1.8 4.2 3.2 3.7 26.1
1994 HOU 80 80 41.0 11.2 21.2 .528 0.1 0.2 .421 4.9 6.8 .716 2.9 9.1 11.9 3.6 1.6 3.7 3.4 3.6 27.3
1995 HOU 72 72 39.6 11.1 21.5 .517 0.0 0.2 .188 5.6 7.5 .756 2.4 8.4 10.8 3.5 1.8 3.4 3.3 3.5 27.8
1996 HOU 72 72 38.8 10.7 20.8 .514 0.0 0.2 .214 5.5 7.6 .724 2.4 8.4 10.9 3.6 1.6 2.9 3.4 3.4 26.9
1997 HOU 78 78 36.6 9.3 18.3 .510 0.1 0.2 .313 4.5 5.7 .787 2.2 7.0 9.2 3.0 1.5 2.2 3.6 3.2 23.2
1998 HOU 47 45 34.7 6.5 13.5 .483 0.0 0.1 .000 3.4 4.5 .755 2.5 7.3 9.8 3.0 1.8 2.0 2.7 3.2 16.4
1999 HOU 50 50 35.7 7.5 14.5 .514 0.1 0.3 .308 3.9 5.4 .717 2.1 7.4 9.6 1.8 1.6 2.5 2.8 3.2 18.9
2000 HOU 44 28 23.8 4.4 9.6 .458 0.0 0.0 .000 1.6 2.5 .616 1.5 4.8 6.2 1.4 0.9 1.6 1.7 2.0 10.3
2001 HOU 58 55 26.6 4.9 9.8 .498 0.0 0.0 .000 2.1 3.4 .621 2.1 5.3 7.4 1.2 1.2 1.5 1.4 2.4 11.9
2002 TOR 61 37 22.6 3.2 6.9 .464 0.0 0.0 .000 0.8 1.4 .560 1.6 4.4 6.0 1.1 1.2 1.5 1.6 2.4 7.1
Career 1238 1186 35.7 8.7 17.0 .512 0.0 0.1 .202 4.4 6.2 .712 3.3 7.8 11.1 2.5 1.7 3.1 3.0 3.5 21.8

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