He is one of the greatest centers in NBA history. Hakeem Olajuwon was the No.1 pick of the 1984 NBA draft. For those who don’t know what it means, he was selected before the great Michael Jordan (3rd pick). The Houston Rockets were inspired by signing him because he changed the rules during the mid-90’s.
Olajuwon was a kind of center the league doesn’t have actually. Tall, great defender and able to have a 20pts/10reb season. Hakeem scored at least 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during his 12 first years in the NBA. Simply amazing. Add to this the fact that he was named Defensive Player of the Year in ’93 & ’94 and you have the center that every basketball would dream to have.
The Nigerian born center is still the best blocker of all time with 3,830 units. He is also a reference in post moves.
In 1990, “The Dream” recorded a quadruple-double against the Milwaukee Bucks, 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists & 11 blocks.
Hakeem Olajuwon won back-to-back NBA Championships in 1994 & 1995 and 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards which correspond to the first Michael Jordan retiring period. The 1994 NBA season is clearly the best of his career. He was named NBA MVP of the regular season and Defensive Player of the Year. Only Michael Jordan (1988) did it too in NBA history. The same year, he won his 2nd NBA title and was named NBA Finals MVP.
He won the gold medal with Team USA at the Atlanta’s Olympics in 1996.
After playing 18 seasons in the NBA, Olajuwon was introduced in 2008 to the NBA Hall of Fame.