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Hakeem Olajuwon

Enshrined 2008
Lagos, Nigeria
Born: January 21, 1963

Biography

A native of Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon came to America armed only with a dream and an extraordinary ability to learn the game of basketball. Blessed with soft hands, great balance, and flawless footwork gained from his days playing soccer and team handball as a boy, "Hakeem the Dream" played the better part of his career in his adopted home of Houston, Texas. He teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler at the University of Houston where the Phi Slama Jama fraternity reigned supreme in college basketball. Olajuwon led the Cougars to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 1982 to 1984, and was named the Most Outstanding Player in 1983. He led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 and was named Finals MVP both years. Selected to twelve NBA All Star games, Olajuwon holds the NBA record for blocked shots (3,830) and is the only player to record more than 3,000 blocked shots and 2,000 steals in a career. The 1994 NBA regular season Most Valuable Player recorded 26,946 points and 13,748 rebounds during his career.

Career Highlights

NBA All-Rookie team, 1985
NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 1993, 1994
All-NBA First Team, 1987-89, 1993, 1994, 1997
NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1996