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Hakeem Olajuwon
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Personal information
Born January 21, 1963 (1963-01-21) (age 58)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian / American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College Houston (1981–1984)
NBA Draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 1984–2002
Career history
1984–2001 Houston Rockets
2001–2002 Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1994, 1995)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (1994, 1995)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1994)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1985–1990, 1992–1997)
  • 6× All-NBA First Team (1987–1989, 1993, 1994, 1997)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1990, 1996)
  • 3× All-NBA Third Team (1991, 1995, 1999)
  • 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
  • 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994)
  • 4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1985, 1991, 1996, 1997)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • 2× NBA rebounding leader (1989, 1990)
  • 3× NBA blocks leader (1990, 1991, 1993)
  • No. 34 retired by Houston Rockets
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1984)
  • NCAA rebounding leader (1984)
  • SWC Player of the Year (1984)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1983)
  • No. 34 retired by University of Houston
Career NBA statistics
Points 26,946 (21.8 ppg)
Rebounds 13,747 (11.1 rpg)
Blocks 3,830 (3.1 bpg)

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria; pronounced ah-KEEM ah-LAH-zhoo-wahn), formerly Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American basketball player. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He is considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in basketball history. Hakeem Olajuwon travelled all the way from his home country of Nigeria to play basketball in the United States. He won two National Basketball Association (NBA) championships with the Houston Rockets. During his career, he was nicknamed "The Dream", often extended to "Hakeem the Dream", due to his grace both on and off the court. His best move was called the "Dream Shake". He also called himself "Little Moses" after one of his biggest idols, Moses Malone, who played for the Houston Rockets while Olajuwon played for the University of Houston Cougars men's basketball team.



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