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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Abdul-Jabbar in 2014
Personal information
Born April 16, 1947 (1947-04-16) (age 74)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
High school Power Memorial
(Manhattan, New York)
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College UCLA (1966–1969)
NBA Draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1969–1989
Career history
1969–1975 Milwaukee Bucks
1975–1989 Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
  • 19× NBA All-Star (1970–1977, 1979–1989)
  • 10× All-NBA First Team (1971–1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985)
  • 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979–1981)
  • 6× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970, 1971, 1976–1978, 1984)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1970)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972)
  • NBA rebounding champion (1976)
  • 4× NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980)
  • No. 33 retired by Milwaukee Bucks
  • No. 33 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NCAA champion (1967–1969)
  • 3× NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1967–1969)
  • 3× National college player of the year (1967–1969)
  • 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1967–1969)
  • No. 33 retired by UCLA Bruins
  • 2× Mr. Basketball USA (1964, 1965)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 38,387 (24.6 ppg)
Rebounds 17,440 (11.2 rpg)
Blocks 3,189 (2.5 bpg)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. He was known as Lew Alcindor before changing his name in the fall of 1971, several years after converting to Islam. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He has also had numerous television and movie appearances.

Early life

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., was born in Harlem, New York City, on April 16, 1947. His family was not poor: His father was a graduate of the famed Juilliard School of Music in virtuoso trombone. He attended Power Memorial High School in New York.


Alcindor went to college at UCLA. When he played on the freshman team, it beat the UCLA varsity team that had won two national championships. When he played on the varsity team, it won three national championships. When Alcindor was at UCLA, the NCAA did not allow the dunk, so he developed a hook shot called the skyhook. Alcindor also got a degree in history.

Professional basketball career

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers

Alcindor was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 NBA Draft. He lead the league in scoring twice with the Bucks. He also won three MVP awards with them. In 1975, Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three more MVP awards with them, as well as five championships. Abdul-Jabbar played in the NBA until 1989. When he left, he had scored 38,387 points, which is more than any other player has. He was also one of the ten most accurate players, and blocked the third-most shots. Abdul-Jabbar was placed in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

Outside of basketball

Abdul-Jabbar studied martial arts with Bruce Lee, and appears in the Lee movie Game of Death. He is also in the movie Airplane!. Abdul-Jabbar has written several books. Some of them are on basketball, but he has also written a book about the Harlem Renaissance. His book was later made into a documentary movie. Abdul-Jabbar has also been an assistant coach for several NBA teams. Usually, he has helped tall players play better. Abdul-Jabbar has had leukemia since 2009. He accepted Islam after the game. He became an assistant coach after he retired.

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