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Hakeem Olajuwon is a 7'0", 255 lb. Center
from the University of Houston who played for the Houston Rockets
and Toronto Raptors
. He was inducted into the hall of fame in 2008 and is the career leader in blocks. His nickname is the Dream.
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon was born in Lagos, Nigeria on January 21, 1963. As a child he was a soccer goalkeeper and did not pick up the game of basketball until he was 15 years old. He came to the University of Houston from Nigeria. During his redshirt freshman year the Cougars advanced to the Final Four but were eliminated by the North Carolina Tar Heels. During his sophomore season the Cougars advanced to the championship game where they lost to North Carolina State. During his junior year Houston advanced to the championship game yet again but lost to Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing.
In the 1984 NBA Draft he was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets. Hakeem would lead the Rockets to the playoffs many times in his career. He won two championships with the Rockets (1993-94 and 1994-95) and was the Finals Most Valuable Player both times. He won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award for his 1993-94 season in which he averaged 27.1 points per game, 3.7 blocks per game, 11.9 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game. He was a 12-time All-Star and was named twice NBA's Defensive Player of the Year (1992-93 and 1993-94.) He is currently ranked 12th in career total rebounds, 9th in career steals, 1st in career blocks, and 10th in career points. He averaged over his career 21.8 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and 3.1 blocks per game.
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