Date of Birth: 21 january 1963
Born At: Lagos, Nigeria
NBA Experience : 12 seasons
- Selected in 1996 as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
- Is one of only eight players in NBA history with over 20,000 points and 12,000 rebounds in his career
- Is the NBA s all-time leader with 3,830 career blocked shots
- Passed Oscar Robertson for seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list 12/16/02 vs. Washington with his 26,711th point
- Passed Oscar Robertson for ninth on the NBA all-time minutes played list 3/7/02 at Dallas with 43,886 minutes
- Named 1993-94 NBA MVP in 1994 and NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1992-93 and 1993-94
- Named to the All-NBA First Team six times (1986-87 to 1988-99, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97), the All-NBA Second Team three times (1985-86, 1989-90, 1995-96) and the All-NBA Third Team three times (1990-91, 1994-95, 1998-99)
- Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times (1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1992-93, 1993-94) and the All-Defensive Second Team four times (1984-85, 1990-91, 1995-96, 1996-97)
- A member of the Houston Rockets’ 1994 and 1995 back-to-back NBA champion teams, earning Finals MVP honors both seasons, and also appeared in the 1986 NBA Finals
- Has appeared in 145 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 25.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 3.26 bpg and 1.69 spg
- Has played in 12 NBA All-Star Games (1985-1990, 1992-1997), starting 8 times and averaging 9.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.92 bpg
- Led the NBA in blocked shots twice (1989-90, 1992-93) and in rebounds twice (1988-89, 1989-90)
- Received the NBA Sportsmanship Award for the Midwest Division in 1999-2000
- Scored his 25,000th career point, recording a game-high 32 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots, against the Utah Jazz on 4/1/99
- Blocked his 3,500th career shot, registering a team-high 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, in an 84-75 win over the Denver Nuggets on 3/9/99
- Became the first player in NBA history to accumulate both 2,000 blocks and 2,000 steals with a steal against Seattle on 11/20/99
- Closed the 1997-98 season as the Rockets’ all-time franchise leader in points, rebounds (12,199), blocked shots, steals (1,895) and ranks 3rd in assists (2,771)
- Scored his 24,000th career point, recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 2/26/98
- Played in his 1,000th career game, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots, against the Washington Wizards on 2/24/98
- Notched his 14th career triple-double, with 22 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, against the L.A. Clippers on 3/4/97
- Shares the NBA Playoffs record for most blocks in a game with 10 against the L.A. Lakers in Game 2 of the 1990 Western Conference first round
- Recorded the third quadruple-double in NBA history, with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists, against the Milwaukee Bucks on 3/29/90
- Shares the NBA Finals record for most blocks in a game with 8 against the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Finals
- Named to the 1984-85 NBA All-Rookie Team, was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 20.6 ppg, 11.9 rpg and 2.68 bpg
Hakeem Olajuwon biography
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.