Posts Tagged ‘Hakeem Olajuwon’

No. 1 – A ‘Dream’ of a season

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Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon accomplished a unique NBA feat in the 1993-94 season.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: There is only one player to collect the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP in the same season … and he was also selected No. 1 at the 1984 NBA Draft. Hakeem Olajuwon accomplished this unseen feat in NBA history during the 1993-94 season as the Houston Rockets claimed the first of their two back-to-back NBA championships.


VIDEO: Check out the top 10 plays from Hakeem Olajuwon’s career

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No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

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Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

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No. 6 – Olajuwon’s 5-by-5 feats

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Hakeem Olajuwon

For Hakeem Olajuwon, 5-by-5 games were a norm.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Olajuwon, the 1st selection in the 1984 Draft, has the most games in NBA history with a stat line of at least five points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists in a game. Olajuwon performed that feat six times during his Hall of Fame career.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon records a 5-by-5 game in 1990

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No. 11 – Olajuwon’s quadruple doubles

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Hakeem Olajuwon

Blocks were the norm when Hakeem Olajuwon notched quadruple-doubles.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Hakeem Olajuwon, the first player selected in the 1984 Draft, has posted two of the NBA’s five quadruple-doubles. In each of those quadruple-doubles, he had 11 blocks each time.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon swats 11 shots against the Warriors in 1986

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No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

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Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon

Otis Thorpe (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon won a title together in 1994.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Jerome Kersey, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Ohio State (Campbell), Longwood (Kersey), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 20th overall by Detroit Pistons (Campbell), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey), 70th overall by Boston Celtics (Carlisle)

Draft fact: Players from the 1984 Draft combined to win 13 NBA championships. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (six championships), Hakeem Olajuwon (two), Otis Thorpe (one), Kevin Willis (one), Tony Campbell (one), Jerome Kersey (one) and Rick Carlisle (one).


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon guides the Houston Rockets to the 1995 championship

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No. 18 – A class with lots of hardware

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Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon won his lone MVP during the 1993-94 season.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, John Stockton, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 70th overall by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: The Class of 1984 has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year 18 times as a collective group. Here’s the breakdown:

Rookie of the Year – Jordan

MVPs – Jordan (5), Olajuwon (1), Barkley (1)

All-Star MVP – Jordan (3), Stockton (1), Barkley (1)

Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan (1), Olajuwon (2), Robertson (1)

Coach of the Year – Carlisle (1)


VIDEO: Michael Jordan wins his second straight MVP during the 1992 season

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No. 23 – All-NBA talent abounds in ‘84

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Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton

Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon

Michael Jordan (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon were All-NBA First Team regulars.

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: The 1984 Draft boasts 23 All-NBA First Team selections from 1987-98. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (10 appearances), Hakeem Olajuwon (six), Charles Barkley (five) and John Stockton (two).

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‘The84Draft’ reveals stories of greatness in NBA’s best-ever draft


VIDEO: Watch the teaser trailer for ‘The84Draft’, NBA TV’s new documentary

The 2014 NBA Draft, which is being widely touted as maybe the deepest Draft in recent memory, is just weeks away. It will provide an opportunity for several franchises to impact their teams and shape their futures.

It is also perhaps perfect timing NBA TV will debut a terrific documentary on a Draft three decades ago that still stands as the greatest draft in NBA history.

The documentary, with the hashtag-friendly title “THE84DRAFT,” first airs on NBA TV on Monday, at 9 p.m. ET. This is the latest film in NBA TV original’s line of documentaries, like last year’s Emmy Award-winning “The Doctor” and 2012’s “The Dream Team.” Steve Nash, who was part of his own iconic Draft class in 1996, narrates “THE84DRAFT,” which is jammed with footage basketball fans will thrill to see.

Even a casual sports fan has felt the reach of the ’84 Draft, as it contained players who literally changed the game forever, like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and John Stockton. Yet what made the 1984 draft so special isn’t just the five Hall of Famers it produced, rather the compelling stories from players picked deeper in the draft, even down to the final selection.

Watching the footage of the actual draft broadcast, it’s clear that things are radically different now. Three decades ago the draft was called the “college” draft, a word not immediately associated with current drafts. The 1984 draft happened during daytime hours and was aired on USA Network. Olajuwon, the first overall pick by Houston, was in attendance wearing a tuxedo, and was greeted by a mustachioed David Stern, who was presiding over his first draft as commissioner of the NBA. The team representatives in the Felt Forum sat at banquet tables, and empty seats ringed the event floor.

The television broadcast ended after two rounds, but the Draft went on for a whopping eight more rounds for a total of 10. By the time they got to the later rounds, teams were burning picks on novelties, like when the Bulls drafted Carl Lewis in the 10th round. But there were plenty of key contributing pieces to be unearthed in those middle rounds. With the 70th overall pick, the defending champion Boston Celtics drafted Rick Carlisle, who says of going to such an established team, “I thought it was death for any kind of career.” While Carlisle managed to make the Celtics and win a title, his career as a player ended a few years later. But he moved into coaching in 1989 and has been on NBA sidelines ever since, winning a title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.

One wrinkle in the 1984 draft story is the 1984 Olympic trials, which were held in Bloomington, Ind., just weeks before the draft. With numerous NBA scouts in attendance, Barkley used the opportunity to showcase his all-around game, repeatedly going coast-to-coast and dunking against the better wishes of Olympic coach Bobby Knight. Barkley did not make the cut for the Olympic team.

Stockton, largely unknown out of Gonzaga, also didn’t make the Olympic team’s final cut. But, he proved his mettle against the nation’s best players and was selected 16th overall.

Leon Wood made that 1984 Olympic team and was the 10th overall pick in the ’84 Draft, drawing comparisons to Isiah Thomas. But Wood never found a home in the NBA and ended up playing overseas. If his name sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because Wood eventually made it back to the NBA, where he’s been a referee since 1996.

The most entertaining character in “THE84DRAFT” may be Oscar Schmidt. The legendary Brazilian player –fifth Hall of Famer in this draft class — was well known for his exploits with the Brazilian National Team and his club teams in Italy, where a young Kobe Bryant grew up admiring him.

“Oscar Schmidt was like my Larry Bird, but I actually liked him,” Bryant says with a laugh. “You know what I mean? He was Bird before I had a chance to see what Bird really was.”

Schmidt remains incredulous even today over being drafted in the sixth round of the ’84 Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But when the Nets offered him a guaranteed contract, he had to turn it down because it would have invalidated his international amateur status with Brazil.

Plenty of time is devoted to the marquee names of the ’84 Draft, including the thought process that led to the Portland Trail Blazers passing on Jordan to draft Sam Bowie with the second overall pick. The Bulls snagged Jordan with the third pick, and former Bulls GM Rod Thorn remembers getting a call from an assistant coach after the first day of practice and being told: “You didn’t mess this draft up.”

In many ways, the 1984 Draft framed the future of the NBA. These players changed the way basketball was played, not only in the NBA but also around the world. Thirty years later, it’s still a story worth telling.

No. 30 – Olajuwon the thief

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon averaged 1.7 spg during his career.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Hakeem Olajuwon, the No. 1 selection in the 1984 Draft, averaged 1.7 steals per game throughout his career. That average ranks him 30th on the all-time list.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon shows off his quick hands on defense during The 1986 Finals

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No. 37 — Scorers on the playoff stage

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Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan were elite playoff scorers.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: Four of the Top 37 scorers in the history of the NBA playoffs were selected in the 1st round 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Legendary scorers Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan square off during the 1993 NBA Finals

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