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Hakeem Olajuwon Position(s): Center Jersey #(s): 34 Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg) Born: January 21, 1963 (1963-01-21) (age 45) Lagos, Nigeria Career information Year(s): 1984–2002 NBA Draft: 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1 College: Houston Professional team(s) Houston Rockets (1984-2001) Toronto Raptors (2001-2002) Career stats Points 26,946 Rebounds 13,747 Blocks 3,830 Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com Career highlights and awards 2x NBA Champion (1994, 1995) 1x NBA MVP (1994) 12x All-Star (1985-1990, 1992-1997) 2x Finals MVP (1994-1995) 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993-1994) 6x All-NBA First Team Selection (1987-1989, 1993-1994, 1997) 3x All-NBA Second Team Selection (1986, 1990, 1996) 3x All-NBA Third Team Selection (1991, 1995, 1999) 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team Selection (1987-1988, 1990, 1993-1994) 4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team Selection (1985, 1991, 1996-1997) 1985 NBA All-Rookie Team NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team Basketball Hall of Fame Olympic medal record Competitor for United States Men's Basketball Gold 1996 Atlanta Team Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Olajuwon played center for the Houston Rockets, whom he led to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995, and the Toronto Raptors. Olajuwon traveled from his home country of Nigeria to play collegiately for the University of Houston. Hakeem had a standout career for the Cougars alongside future NBA Hall of Fame player Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, which included three trips to the Final Four. Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA Draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. Olajuwon joined the Houston Rockets and was affectionately known as Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon. He combined with the 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson to form what was dubbed the "Twin Towers" duo. The two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. After Sampson was traded to the Golden State Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the undisputed leader of the team. He led the league in rebounding twice (1989, 1990) and shot-blocking three times (1990, 1991, 1993).
In the 1993-94 season he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP), Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season. His Rockets won back to back championships against The New York Knicks, avenging his college championship loss to Patrick Ewing, and Orlando Magic's Shaquille O'Neal. In 1996, Olajuwon assisted in the gold medal-winning performance of the United States national team, and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He ended his career the league's all-time leader in blocked shots. Olajuwon is also the only NBA player ever to end his career in Top 10 for blocks (1st all-time) and steals (7th all-time). Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) but closer to 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) by his own admission, Olajuwon is generally considered one of the five greatest centers to ever play the game, along with Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O'Neal. Olajuwon is also a devout Muslim who observed Ramadan throughout his NBA career. He was reverentially nicknamed "Hakeem the Dream" for his grace on and off the court. Contents 1 Early life 2 Basketball career 2.1 University of Houston and "Phi Slama Jama" 2.2 Houston Rockets 2.2.1 Mid-career 2.2.2 Championship years 2.2.3 Post-championship period 2.3 Toronto Raptors 3 Player profile 3.1 Dream Shake 4 Personal life 4.1 Muslim faith 5 Post-NBA life 6 Accolades 7 Notes 8 Sources 9 External links Early life Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, middle-class, Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos, Nigeria. He was the third of his parents' six children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of hard work and discipline into him and his siblings; "They taught us to be honest, work hard, respect our elders, believe in ourselves". During his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper and handball player, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, and also – according to himself – contributed to his shot-blocking ability. Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 17, when he entered a local tournament. However, he quickly became taken with the game. Olajuwon states, "Basketball is something that is so unique. That immediately I pick up the game and you know realize that this is the sport for me. All the other sports just become secondary." Basketball career University of Houston and "Phi Slama Jama" Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis. Olajuwon was not highly recruited and was merely offered a visit to the university to work out for the coaching staff, based on a recommendation from a friend of Lewis' who had seen Olajuwon play. He later amusingly recalled that when he originally arrived at the airport in 1980 for the visit, no representative of the university was there to greet him.
When he called the staff, they told him to take a taxi out to the university. While there, his teammates (including Clyde Drexler) and he formed what was dubbed "Phi Slama Jama", the first slam-dunking "fraternity", so named because of its well-known above the rim prowess and tendency to frequently slam dunk the basketball. One of only four numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's #34 hangs in Hofheinz Pavilion.After redshirting his freshman year in 1980-81, Olajuwon played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 1981–82, and the Cougars were eliminated in the Final Four by the eventual NCAA champion, North Carolina Tar Heels. Olajuwon sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, and they advised him to work out with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone. Malone, who was then a member of the NBA's Houston Rockets, played games every off season with several NBA players at the Fonde Recreation Center. Olajuwon joined the workouts and went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer. Olajuwon credited this experience with rapidly improving his game, saying, "...when you play against a guy like Moses it can't help but make you better."
Olajuwon returned from that summer a different player, and in his sophomore and junior years he helped the Cougars advance to consecutive NCAA championship games, where they lost to North Carolina State in 1983 and a Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team in 1984. Olajuwon won the 1983 NCAA Tournament Player of the Year award, even though he played for the losing team in the final game. He is, to date, the last player from a losing side to be bestowed this honor. Drexler departed for the NBA in 1983, leaving Olajuwon the lone star on the team. After the 1983–84 season, Olajuwon debated whether to stay in college or declare early for the NBA draft. At that time (before the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985), the first pick was awarded by coin flip. Olajuwon recalled: "I really believed that Houston was going to win the coin flip and pick the number 1 draft choice, and I really wanted to play in Houston so I had to make that decision (to leave early)." His intuition proved correct, and a lucky toss placed Houston ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers. Olajuwon was considered the top amateur prospect in the summer of 1984 over fellow collegians and future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton, and was selected first overall by the Rockets in the 1984 NBA Draft. It is to his credit that very few have ever criticized Houston for picking Olajuwon ahead of third pick Jordan, who went on to have a spectacular NBA career (in stark contrast to the second choice, Portland's Sam Bowie). Houston Rockets The Rockets had immediate success during Olajuwon's rookie season as their win-loss record improved from 29–53 in the 1983-84 NBA season to 48–34 in 1984-85. He teamed with the 1984 Rookie of the Year, 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson to form the original NBA "Twin Towers" duo. Olajuwon averaged 20.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.68 blocks in his rookie season. He finished as runner-up to Michael Jordan in the 1985 Rookie of the Year voting, and was the only other rookie to receive any votes. Olajuwon averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game during his second pro season (1985–86). The Rockets finished 51–31, and advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they faced the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets would go on to win the series fairly easily (4–1), shocking the sports world in the process and landing Olajuwon on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Rockets then advanced to the 1986 NBA Finals where they succumbed in six games to the Boston Celtics, whose 1986 team is often considered one of the best teams in NBA history. Mid-career During the 1987-88 NBA season, Sampson (who was struggling with knee injuries that would eventually end his career prematurely) was traded to the Golden State Warriors. The 1988-89 season was Olajuwon's first full season as the Rockets' undisputed leader. This change also coincided with the hiring of new coach Don Chaney. The Rockets ended the regular season with a record of 45–37,and Olajuwon finished the season as the league leader in rebounds (13.5 per game) by a full rebound per game over Charles Barkley. This performance was consistent with his averages of 24.8 points and 3.4 blocks. Olajuwon posted exceptional playoff numbers of 37.5 ppg and 16.8 rpg, plus a record for points in a four-game playoff series (150).
 Nevertheless, the Rockets were eliminated in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks 3 games to 1. The 1989-90 season was a disappointment for the Rockets. They finished the season with a .500 record at 41–41, and though they made the playoffs, they were eliminated in four games by the LA Lakers. Olajuwon put up one of the most productive defensive seasons by an interior player in the history of the NBA. He won the NBA rebounding crown (14.0 per game) again, this time by an even larger margin; a full two rebounds a game over David Robinson, and led the league in blocks by averaging a stellar 4.6 per game. To put that in perspective as of 2007, he is the only player since the NBA starting recording blocked shots in 1973-74 to have averaged 14+ rebounds per game and 4.5+ blocked shots per game in the same season. In doing so, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton to become the only players in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding and shot blocking in the same season. Olajuwon also recorded a quadruple-double during the season, becoming only the third player to do so. The 1990-91 season saw a rebound in the Rockets' record as they finished with a record of 52–30 under NBA Coach of the Year Don Chaney. Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points per game in 1990-91, but due to an injury to his eyesocket caused by an elbow from Bill Cartwright, did not play in enough games (56) to qualify for the rebounding title. Otherwise, he would have won it for a third consecutive year as he averaged 13.8 a game (league leader Robinson averaged 13.0 rpg). He did, however, average a league-leading 3.95 blocks per game. However, the enthusiasm from the Rockets' resurgent season was seriously dampened by their playoff sweep at the hands of the LA Lakers. The 1991-92 season was a low point for the Rockets during Olajuwon's tenure. They finished 42-40,and missed the playoffs for the first time in Olajuwon's career. Despite his usual strong numbers, he could not lift his team out of mediocrity. Since making the Finals in 1986, the Rockets had made the playoffs five times, but their record in those playoff series was 1-5 and they were eliminated in the first round four times. The Rockets began the 1992-93 season with a new sense of optimism after a full training camp under new coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Olajuwon set a new career high of 3.5 assists per game. This willingness to pass the ball more actually increased his scoring, as it made it harder for opposing teams to double and triple-team him. Olajuwon set a new career high with 26.1 points per game to go along with his usual stellar rebounding and shotblocking. The Rockets set a new franchise record with 55 wins, and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, pushing the Seattle SuperSonics to a seventh game before losing in overtime 103-100. In stark contrast to the previous year, the Rockets entered the 1993–94 season as a team on the rise. They had a good core of young players and tough veterans with a leader in Olajuwon who seemed to be entering his prime. Championship years Olajuwon gained a reputation of being a great clutch performer and also as one of the greatest centers of his generation based on his performances in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons. He outplayed centers such as Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and O'Neal, and other defensive stalwarts like David Robinson and Dennis Rodman. Many of his battles were with his fellow Texas-based rival David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs. From the 1989–90 season to the 1995–96 season, when both Olajuwon and Robinson were considered to be in their primes, in their 30 head–to–head matchups Olajuwon averaged 26.3 ppg, shooting 47.6% from the field. Robinson averaged 22.1 ppg, at 46.8% from the field. Olajuwon's Rockets finally won a championship during the 1994 NBA Finals in an epic seven-game series against the New York Knicks, the team of one of his perennial rivals since his collegiate days, Patrick Ewing. After five games, the Knicks had taken a 3–2 lead, when the Rockets defended an 86–84 lead in the final seconds of the game. In the last second, hot-shooting Knicks guard John Starks (who had scored 27 points until then) went up for a finals-winning three, but Olajuwon pulled off one of the greatest clutch defensive plays of all time and blocked the shot as time expired. In Game Seven, Olajuwon posted a game–high 25 points and 10 rebounds, which helped overpower the Knicks, bringing the first professional sports championships to Houston since the Houston Oilers won the American Football League championship in 1961. Olajuwon dominated Ewing in their head–to–head matchup outscoring him in every game of the series and posting numbers of 26.9 ppg on 50.0% shooting compared to Ewing's 18.9 ppg on 36.3% shooting. For his efforts Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
Olajuwon was at the pinnacle of his career. In that year, he became the only player in NBA history to win MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. In so doing he became the first foreign-born player to win the league's MVP award. Olajuwon's recognition was well-deserved, as neither the other starters (Robert Horry, Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell and Kenny Smith) nor sixth man Sam Cassell were considered stars at the time, documented by the fact that Olajuwon was the only Rockets All–Star player that year. Despite a slow start by the team and the erratic behavior displayed by the team's starting shooting guard Vernon Maxwell—which resulted in not only "Mad Max"'s exile from the team, but also Olajuwon's former University of Houston Phi Slama Jama teammate Clyde Drexler's acquisition in a mid-season trade with the Portland Trail Blazers—the Rockets repeated as champions in 1995, led again by the stellar play of Olajuwon who averaged 27.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 3.4 bpg in the regular season. Olajuwon displayed perhaps the most impressive moments of his career when the Rockets faced the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Finals. Recently crowned league MVP Robinson was outplayed by Olajuwon, 35–24 PPG. When asked later what a team could do to "solve" Olajuwon, Robinson told LIFE magazine: "Hakeem? You don't solve Hakeem." The Rockets won every road game that series. In the NBA Finals, the Rockets swept the Orlando Magic, who were led by a young Shaquille O'Neal. The whole basketball world had waited for the matchup of the two great centers, and it was Olajuwon who outscored O'Neal 33–28 PPG. Olajuwon outscored O'Neal in every game, scoring 30+ points in each of the 4 games, and raised his own regular-season PPG rate by a full 5 points whereas O'Neal's production dropped by one. Olajuwon was again named Finals MVP. During the entire 1994–95 playoffs Olajuwon was unstoppable, averaging 33.0 ppg on .531 shooting to go along with averages of 10.3 rpg and 2.81 bpg. As a side note, Olajuwon was again the only All-Star Rockets player. Over the course of two seasons Olajuwon had cemented his place in history by leading his team to victory in playoff series against teams led by three centers who are members of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. This is made even more impressive by the fact that none of these players was considered on the downside of their playing careers during this period. In addition, Olajuwon did not have an All–Star teammate to aide him during this period. Post-championship period The Rockets' two-year championship run ended when they were eliminated in the second round of the 1996 NBA Playoffs by the eventual Western Conference Champion Seattle SuperSonics. Michael Jordan had returned from a 21-month hiatus in late 1995, and his Chicago Bulls would dominate the league for the next three years (1996–98). The Bulls and Rockets—the two most dominant teams of the mid-90s—never met in the NBA Playoffs. The Rockets posted a 57–win season in 1996-97 season when they added Charles Barkley to their already formidable duo of Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. They started the season an impressive 21–2, and made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing a six–game series to the Utah Jazz. John Stockton hit a clutch game-winning shot in the sixth and final game of the series at The Summit. The Rockets never again came close to the NBA Finals during Olajuwon's career. After averaging 26.9 and 23.2 points in 1995–96 and 1996–97 respectively, Olajuwon's production dipped to 16.4 ppg in 1997–98. After losing in the first round in five games to the Jazz in 1998, Drexler retired. In 1998–99 the Rockets acquired veteran All-Star Scottie Pippen formerly of the Bulls, and finished 31–19 in the lockout shortened regular season. Olajuwon's scoring production rose to 18.9 ppg, and he made his twelfth and final All-NBA Team. However, they lost in the first round again, this time to the Lakers. After the season, Pippen was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, leaving the aging Olajuwon and Barkley to lead the team. After the 1993 season, Olajuwon became a naturalized American citizen. This enabled him to be a part of the Dream Team 3, the famed U.S. men's basketball team that went on to win the gold medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Toronto Raptors Houston began to rebuild, bringing in young guards Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis, the 2000 Co–Rookie of the Year. On August 2, 2001, Olajuwon was traded to the Toronto Raptors for draft picks (the highest of which was used by Houston to draft Bostjan Nachbar at #15 in the 2002 NBA Draft), where he played his final NBA season, averaging career lows of 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, before retiring. Olajuwon retired as the all–time league leader in total blocked shots with 3,830, although shot blocking did not become an official statistic until the 1973-74 NBA season.
Shortly after his retirement, his #34 jersey was retired by the Rockets. Player profile 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. Beyond statistics, Olajuwon was also known to step up his game in clutch moments. He was twice named NBA Finals MVP and he outplayed the best centers (e.g. David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Patrick Ewing) of his generation at clutch times in head-to-head matchups.
Dream Shake "The best footwork I’ve ever seen from a big man" —Pete Newell Offensively, Olajuwon established himself as a great finesse player, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake. Executed with uncanny speed and power, they are still regarded as the pinnacle of "big man" footwork. Shaquille O'Neal stated: "Hakeem has five moves then four countermoves, that gives him 20 moves." The Dream Shake made Olajuwon near-unguardable for most of his career, because "big men" were too slow and guards too weak to stop him. Olajuwon himself traced the move back to the soccer playing days of his youth, "The Dream Shake was actually one of my soccer moves which I translated to basketball. It would accomplish one of three things: one, to misdirect the opponent and make him go the opposite way; two, to freeze the opponent and leave him devastated in his tracks; three, to shake off the opponent and giving him no chance to contest the shot." The Dream Shake was extremely difficult to defend, much like the sky hook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Dream Shake's closest modern equivalent comes from Kevin Garnett, whose moves have less variety and include some perimeter action. One particularly standout Dream Shake came at The Alamodome in Game 5 of the 1995 Western Conference playoff series against rival David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, who was voted the season MVP. With Robinson guarding him, Olajuwon crossed over from his right hand to his left, drove to the basket, and faked a layup. Robinson, who was an excellent defender, kept up with Olajuwon and did not fall for the fake, remaining planted. However, Olajuwon spun counterclockwise and faked another layup. Robinson took the bait this time and jumped to block the shot. With Robinson caught in the air, Olajuwon performed an up-and-under move, scoring an easy basket. Personal life Olajuwon married his current wife Dalia Asafi on August 8, 1996 in Houston. They have two daughters, Rahmah and Aisha Olajuwon. Olajuwon also has a daughter with his former wife and college sweetheart Lita Spencer named Abisola Olajuwon, who represented the West Girls in the McDonalds All American Game and is currently is on the women's basketball team at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to English, Olajuwon is fluent in many other languages, such as French, Arabic, and the Nigerian languages of Yoruba and Ekiti. "Olajuwon" translates to "always being on top" in Yoruba. With co-author Peter Knobler, Olajuwon wrote his autobiography, Living the Dream, published in 1996. Olajuwon, who endorsed a sneaker made by Spalding which retailed for $35, is one of the very few known players in any professional sport to endorse a sneaker not from Nike, Reebok, Adidas, or other high retail brands. As Olajuwon declared: "How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?" he asks. "She can't. So kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. Sometimes they kill for them." Muslim faith In Olajuwon's college career and early years in the NBA, he was often undisciplined, talking back to officials, getting in minor fights with other players such as Magic Johnson, and amassing technical fouls. But later, Olajuwon took an active interest in spirituality, becoming a more devout Muslim. On March 9, 1991, he altered his name from Akeem to the proper Arabic spelling Hakeem, saying, "I'm not changing the spelling of my name, I'm correcting it". He later recalled, "I studied the Qur'an every day. At home, at the mosque...I would read it in airplanes, before games and after them. I was soaking up the faith and learning new meanings each time I turned a page. I didn't dabble in the faith, I gave myself over to it." Olajuwon was still recognized as one of the league's elite centers despite his strict observance of Ramadan (e.g., abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours for about a month), which occurred during virtually every season of his career. Olajuwon was noted as sometimes playing better during the month, and in 1995 he was named NBA Player of the Month in February, even though Ramadan began on 1 February of that year. He also gained recognition for his sportsmanship and his charitable pursuits. Some of those charitable pursuits, however, are not without controversy. A mosque founded by Olajuwon and others linked to extremist groups was closed by the US government in 2005 after tax records showed it had given money to the Holy Land Foundation, a charity shut down under allegations of funding terrorism (with charges ending in a mistrial). Olajuwon maintains he was not aware of the organization's alleged links to terrorism when he was approached to raise money for African relief work. Post-NBA life Olajuwon played for 20 consecutive seasons in the Houston area, first collegiately for the Houston Cougars and then the Rockets. He still maintains a home in the area, and is considered a local icon and one of Houston's most beloved athletes. Olajuwon has had great success in the Houston real estate market, with his estimated profits exceeding $100 million. He buys in cash-only purchases, as it is against Islamic law to pay interest. Since his career ended Olajuwon spends most of his time in Jordan where he moved with his family to pursue Islamic studies. He returns once or twice a year to visit his friends and former teammates such as Sam Cassell and Robert Horry, whose careers he follows. He keeps in regular phone contact with former Cougars and Rockets teammate Clyde Drexler. In the 2006 NBA offseason, Olajuwon opened his first Big Man Camp, where he teaches young frontcourt players the finer points of playing in the post. While Olajuwon never expressed an interest in coaching a team, he wishes to give back to the game by helping younger players. When asked about how the league was becoming more guard-oriented and whether big men were being de-emphasized, Olajuwon responded, "For a big man who is just big, maybe. But not if you play with speed, with agility. It will always be a big man's game if the big man plays the right way.
On defense, the big man can rebound and block shots. On offense, he draws double-teams and creates opportunities. He can add so much, make it easier for the entire team." Olajuwon has worked with several NBA players such as power forward Emeka Okafor, of the Charlotte Bobcats, and center Yao Ming of the Rockets, among others. He also runs the camp for free. Olajuwon will be inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2008. To this point, every member of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list who is eligible has been inducted. Accolades 2x NBA champion (1994, '95) 2x NBA Finals MVP (1994, '95) 1x NBA MVP (1994) 2x Defensive Player of Year (1993, '94) 6x All-NBA First Team (1987, '88, '89, '93, '94, '97) 3x All-NBA Second Team ('86, '90, '96) 3x All-NBA Third Team (1991, '95, '99) 5x All-Defensive First Team ('87, '88, '90, '93, '94) 12x All-Star Olympic gold medalist (1996) Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996). Only player in NBA history to have won MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season (1994). One of the 4 players in NBA history to have ever recorded a quadruple-double. Olajuwon also won the rebounding and blocked shots titles in 1989-90, becoming the third player ever (after Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton) to lead the league in both categories during the same season. All-time leader in blocked shots. (note: the NBA did not keep statistics for blocked shots until the 1973-74 season) Olajuwon is also in the top ten in blocks, scoring, rebounding, and steals. He is the only player in NBA history placed in the top ten for all four categories. All-time NBA Playoffs leader in total blocks with 472 and blocks per game with 3.3 per game. Olajuwon ranks 7th all-time in steals and is by far the highest ranked center. (note that steals were not recorded until the 1973-74 season) In 1989, Olajuwon had 282 blocks and 218 steals, becoming the only NBA player to record over 200 blocks and 200 steals in a season. Olajuwon is one of few players to record more than 200 blocks and 100 steals in a season. As the all-time leader in this feat, he did it for 11 seasons (consecutively from the 1985-86 season to the 1995-96 season). The next closest is David Robinson, who did it for 7 seasons. Olajuwon has recorded an NBA record six five by fives in his career. Olajuwon was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2008. Notes ON PRO BASKETBALL; Feet of Dancer, Touch of Surgeon, and a Shot, Too - New York Times Daily Dime: Special Edition The game's greatest giants ever, espn.com, March 6, 2007, accessed April 12, 2007. Heisler. Pg. 3 *Ruley, Clayton. Top Five Centers in NBA History, geoclan.com, accessed January 3, 2007. Hakeem Olajuwon,nba.com/history, accessed January 3, 2007. Olajuwon and Knobler. Pg. 15 Howerton, Darryl. It Was All A Dream, nba.com, accessed January 2, 2007. Hakeem Olajuwon:Hakeem the Dream, NBA TV, air date January 3, 2007. Newman, Chuck. Foreign-born players migrating to U.S. college basketball in ever-higher numbers., November 15, 1995, accessed March 9, 2007. NBA TV Over Time:Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA TV, air date December 26, 2006. Basketball -- Cougar Style, uhcougars.cstv.com, accessed January 3, 2007. Career Summaries of the First 56 Final Four Most Outstanding Players, collegesportingnews.com, accessed January 3, 2007. May, Peter. Big, bad 'Dream' gave opponents nightmares, espn.com, October 11, 2002, accessed March 9, 2007. Houston Rockets page, databasebasketball.com, accessed January 2, 2007. Hakeem Olajuwon stats, nba.com, accessed January 28, 2007. Top 10 teams in NBA History, nba.com/history, accessed January 3, 2007.
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Little, Brown and Company. 1996 ISBN 0-316-09427-7 External links Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Hakeem Olajuwonnba.com historical playerfile NBA.com Biography NBA.com Player Page 1994 Interview with Spike Lee Hakeem Olajuwon video interview after he was drafted #1 overall in 1984. via nba.com Hakeem Olajuwon video interview about his Big Man Camp at nba.com Preceded by James Worthy NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (men's) 1983 Succeeded by Patrick Ewing Preceded by Ralph Sampson NBA first overall draft pick 1984 NBA Draft Succeeded by Patrick Ewing Preceded by David Robinson NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1992-93, 1993-94 Succeeded by Dikembe Mutombo Preceded by Charles Barkley NBA Most Valuable Player 1993-94 Succeeded by David Robinson Preceded by Michael Jordan NBA Finals Most Valuable Player 1994, 1995 Succeeded by Michael Jordan 1984 NBA Draft First Round Hakeem Olajuwon • Sam Bowie • Michael Jordan • Sam Perkins • Charles Barkley • Melvin Turpin • Alvin Robertson • Lancaster Gordon • Otis Thorpe • Leon Wood • Kevin Willis • Tim McCormick • Jay Humphries • Michael Cage • Terence Stansbury • John Stockton • Jeff Turner • Vern Fleming • Bernard Thompson • Tony Campbell • Kenny Fields • Tom Sewell • Earl Jones • Michael Young Second Round Devin Durrant • Victor Fleming • Ron Anderson • Cory Blackwell • Stuart Gray • Steve Burtt • Jay Murphy • Eric Turner • Steve Colter • Tony Costner • Othell Wilson • Charles Jones • Ben Coleman • Charles Sitton • Danny Young • Anthony Teachey • Tom Sluby • Willie White • Greg Wiltjer • Fred Raynolds • Gary Plummer • Jerome Kersey • Ronnie Williams
National Basketball Association number one overall draft picks 1947: McNeely | 1948: Tonkovich | 1949: Shannon | 1950: Share | 1951: Melchiorre | 1952: Workman | 1953: Felix | 1954: Selvy | 1955: Ricketts | 1956: Green | 1957: Hundley | 1958: Baylor | 1959: Boozer | 1960: Robertson | 1961: Bellamy | 1962: McGill | 1963: Heyman | 1964: Barnes | 1965: Hetzel | 1966: Russell | 1967: Walker | 1968: Hayes | 1969: Alcindor | 1970: Lanier | 1971: Carr | 1972: L. Martin | 1973: Collins | 1974: Walton | 1975: D. Thompson | 1976: Lucas | 1977: Benson | 1978: M. Thompson | 1979: E. Johnson | 1980: Carroll | 1981: Aguirre | 1982: Worthy | 1983: Sampson | 1984: Olajuwon | 1985: Ewing | 1986: Daugherty | 1987: D. Robinson | 1988: Manning | 1989: Ellison | 1990: Coleman | 1991: L. Johnson | 1992: O'Neal | 1993: Webber | 1994: G. Robinson | 1995: Smith | 1996: Iverson | 1997: Duncan | 1998: Olowokandi | 1999: Brand | 2000: K. Martin | 2001: Brown | 2002: Yao | 2003: James | 2004: Howard | 2005: Bogut | 2006: Bargnani | 2007: Oden | 2008: Rose Houston Rockets 1993–94 NBA Champions 1 Brooks | 7 Herrera | 10 Cassell | 11 Maxwell | 17 Elie | 21 Jent | 25 Horry | 30 Smith | 33 Thorpe | 34 Olajuwon (Finals MVP) | 35 Cureton | 50 Bullard | Coach Tomjanovich Houston Rockets 1994–95 NBA Champions 7 Herrera | 10 Cassell | 11 Maxwell | 17 Elie | 22 Drexler | 25 Horry | 27 Jones | 30 Smith | 32 Chilcutt | 34 Olajuwon (Finals MVP) | 52 Brown | 55 Tabak | Coach Tomjanovich Houston Rockets formerly the San Diego Rockets Houston, Texas The Franchise Franchise • All-Time roster • Seasons • Draft history • Head coaches • Current season Arenas San Diego Sports Arena • Hofheinz Pavilion • HemisFair Arena • The Summit/Compaq Center • Toyota Center Culture and Lore Red Rowdies • Clutch City • Clutch The Rockets Bear • Choke City • The Clock Incident Head Coaches McMahon • Hannum • Winter • Egan • Nissalke • Harris • Fitch • Chaney • Tomjanovich • Van Gundy • Adelman
NBA Championships (2) 1994 • 1995 Western Conference Titles (4) 1981 • 1986 • 1994 • 1995 Division Titles (4) 1977(Central) • 1986(Midwest) • 1993(Midwest) • 1994(Midwest) Administration Owner: Leslie Alexander • General Manager: Daryl Morey • Head Coach: Rick Adelman Notable Figures Rick Adelman • Leslie Alexander • Rafer Alston • Ron Artest • Charles Barkley • Jon Barry • Rick Barry • Shane Battier • Matt Bullard • Joe Bryant • Sam Cassell • Kelvin Cato • Jason Collier • Carroll Dawson • Clyde Drexler • Mike Dunleavy Sr. • Mario Elie • Steve Francis • World B. Free • Eddie Griffin • Chuck Hayes • Elvin Hayes • Carl Herrera • Robert Horry • Juwan Howard • Mike James • Bobby Jackson • Mark Jackson • Eddie Johnson • Carl Landry • John Lucas II • Moses Malone • Matt Maloney • Cedric Maxwell • Vernon Maxwell • Rodney McCray • Tracy McGrady • Cuttino Mobley • Calvin Murphy • Dikembe Mutombo • Bostjan Nachbar • Steve Novak • Moochie Norris • Hakeem Olajuwon • Scottie Pippen • James Posey • Robert Reid • Glen Rice • Pat Riley • Ralph Sampson • Luis Scola • Kenny Smith • Bob Sura • Maurice Taylor • Kenny Thomas • Otis Thorpe • Rudy Tomjanovich • Bonzi Wells • Walt Williams • Yao Ming Retired Jerseys 22 • 23 • 24 • 34 • 45 • CD
Hall of Famers Charles Barkley • Rick Barry • Clyde Drexler • Elvin Hayes • Moses Malone • Calvin Murphy • Hakeem Olajuwon D-League Affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers Rivals Dallas Mavericks • Los Angeles Lakers • New Orleans Hornets • San Antonio Spurs • Utah Jazz 1996 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball – United States Charles Barkley | Penny Hardaway | Grant Hill | Karl Malone | Reggie Miller | Hakeem Olajuwon | Shaquille O'Neal | Gary Payton | Scottie Pippen | Mitch Richmond | David Robinson | John Stockton | Coach: Lenny Wilkens
National Basketball Association's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Nate Archibald • Paul Arizin • Charles Barkley • Rick Barry • Elgin Baylor • Dave Bing • Larry Bird • Wilt Chamberlain • Bob Cousy • Dave Cowens • Billy Cunningham • Dave DeBusschere • Clyde Drexler • Julius Erving • Patrick Ewing • Walt Frazier • George Gervin • Hal Greer • John Havlicek • Elvin Hayes • Magic Johnson • Sam Jones • Michael Jordan • Jerry Lucas • Karl Malone • Moses Malone • Pete Maravich • Kevin McHale • George Mikan • Earl Monroe • Hakeem Olajuwon • Shaquille O'Neal • Robert Parish • Bob Pettit • Scottie Pippen • Willis Reed • Oscar Robertson • David Robinson • Bill Russell • Dolph Schayes • Bill Sharman • John Stockton • Isiah Thomas • Nate Thurmond • Wes Unseld • Bill Walton • Jerry West • Lenny Wilkens • James Worthy
NBA Finals MVP Award 1969: West | 1970: Reed | 1971: Abdul-Jabbar | 1972: Chamberlain | 1973: Reed | 1974: Havlicek | 1975: Barry | 1976: White | 1977: Walton | 1978: Unseld | 1979: D. Johnson | 1980: E. Johnson | 1981: Maxwell | 1982: E. Johnson | 1983: Malone | 1984: Bird | 1985: Abdul-Jabbar | 1986: Bird | 1987: E. Johnson | 1988: Worthy | 1989: Dumars | 1990: Thomas | 1991: Jordan | 1992: Jordan | 1993: Jordan | 1994: Olajuwon | 1995: Olajuwon | 1996: Jordan | 1997: Jordan | 1998: Jordan | 1999: Duncan | 2000: O'Neal | 2001: O'Neal | 2002: O'Neal | 2003: Duncan | 2004: Billups | 2005: Duncan | 2006: Wade | 2007: Parker | 2008: Pierce NBA MVP Award 1956: Pettit | 1957: Cousy | 1958: Russell | 1959: Pettit | 1960: Chamberlain | 1961: Russell | 1962: Russell | 1963: Russell | 1964: Robertson | 1965: Russell | 1966: Chamberlain | 1967: Chamberlain | 1968: Chamberlain | 1969: Unseld | 1970: Reed | 1971: Abdul-Jabbar | 1972: Abdul-Jabbar | 1973: Cowens | 1974: Abdul-Jabbar | 1975: McAdoo | 1976: Abdul-Jabbar | 1977: Abdul-Jabbar | 1978: Walton | 1979: M. Malone | 1980: Abdul-Jabbar | 1981: Erving | 1982: M. Malone | 1983: M. Malone | 1984: Bird | 1985: Bird | 1986: Bird | 1987: Johnson | 1988: Jordan | 1989: Johnson | 1990: Johnson | 1991: Jordan | 1992: Jordan | 1993: Barkley | 1994: Olajuwon | 1995: Robinson | 1996: Jordan | 1997: K. Malone | 1998: Jordan | 1999: K. Malone | 2000: O'Neal | 2001: Iverson | 2002: Duncan | 2003: Duncan | 2004: Garnett | 2005: Nash | 2006: Nash | 2007: Nowitzki | 2008: Bryant NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award 1983: Moncrief | 1984: Moncrief | 1985: Eaton | 1986: Robertson | 1987: Cooper | 1988: Jordan | 1989: Eaton | 1990: Rodman | 1991: Rodman | 1992: Robinson | 1993: Olajuwon | 1994: Olajuwon | 1995: Mutombo | 1996: Payton | 1997: Mutombo | 1998: Mutombo | 1999: Mourning | 2000: Mourning | 2001: Mutombo | 2002: Wallace | 2003: Wallace | 2004: Artest | 2005: Wallace | 2006: Wallace | 2007: Camby | 2008: Garnett
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