Posts Tagged ‘Hakeem Olajuwon’

Happy Birthday Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon Action Portrait

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon played college ball at Houston as a member of the Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four three times. Hakeem “The Dream” was the first overall pick of the 1984 Draft by the Houston Rockets, and played the first 17 years of his career with the Rockets, winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and ’95. (Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP both times.) Olajuwon was remarkably versatile, one of the league’s best shot blockers but also one of the greatest post players of all-time — he still teaches post moves to current NBA players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

To celebrate Hakeem’s big day, let’s go the videos…


VIDEO: Olajuwon first pick 1984


VIDEO: Hakeem’s Top 10


VIDEO: Hakeem Highlights


VIDEO: Dream Trains Dwight

Throwback Thursday: All-time points leaders


VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the NBA’s all-time scoring mark

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Points Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

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Gallery: TBT: All-time scoring leaders

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All-time rebounds leaders
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: All-time blocks leaders


VIDEO: Best centers: Hakeem Olajuwon

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Blocks Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time blocks leaders.

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Gallery: TBT: All-time blocks leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders

Which of these players would you most want to make a win-saving block for your squad? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: All-time steals leaders


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: John Stockton

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Steals Leaders

Throwback Thursday begins a new series today as we shift our focus to All-Time Statistical leaders. We will look back at the best players in NBA history at each of the major statistical categories.

This week we countdown the Top 10 all-time steals leaders.

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Gallery: TBT: All-Time Steals Leaders

If you had to count on one player to get you a clutch steal, who out of these ten players would you pick? Leave your comments below!

No. 1 – A ‘Dream’ of a season

The84Draft

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 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

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.

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

The84Draft

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

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

The84Draft

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

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

The84Draft
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.

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

The84Draft

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 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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