Thursday, March 9, 2017

Who is the G.O.A.T - NBA Edition Part 11

Hakeem Olajuwon

Last in the series is the Dream Shaker, Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon.

Current Ranks

Regular Season 

Games Played - 31st with 1238
Minutes Played - 18th with 44222
Field Goals - 8th with 10749
FG % - 76th with .512
Total Rebounds - 13th with 13748
Steals - 8th with 2162
Blocks - 1st with 3830
Assists - 194th   with 3058
Points - 11th with 26946


Games Played - 42nd with 145
Minutes Played - 28th with 5749
Field Goals - 10th with 1504
FG % - 19th with .528
Total Rebounds - 13th with 1621
Steals - 17th with 245
Blocks - 3rd with 472
Assists - 57th with 458
Points - 13th with 3755


2x NBA Champion
2x NBA Finals MVP
12x NBA All-Star
6x All-NBA First Team
3x All-NBA Second Team
5x NBA All-Defensive Second Team  

4x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
2x NBA rebounding leader
3x NBA blocks leader
1x Olympic Medalist

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the best all-around big men in the NBA playing both sides of the ball at a high level. For a guy who didn't play basketball until he was 17, Olajuwon would pick up the game quickly earning a chance to play at the University of Houston. He would go on to redshirt his first year and didn't get a lot of playing time in his second. He worked out with Moses Malone to improve his game and the following year and formed "Phi Slama Jama" with his teammates that included Clyde Drexler. They would make the NCAA Championship Game losing both times and a decision about his future came after his junior year.  Olajuwon thought there was a good chance for the Rockets to draft him so he entered the draft and was selected first overall by them. He would play most of his career with Houston and won two championships. The Rockets won back to back championships in 1994 and 1995 with Hakeem winning NBA MVP and 2 Finals MVP during that time. After that, his numbers started to decline but the team winning stayed consistent. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors to finish his career. Olajuwon retired after just one season with the Raptors. Olajuwon was one the best skilled big men to ever play in the NBA, but does that make him the G.O.A.T?

This series was just the beginning of my book which I will rank the players from 1 to 10. So check it out on my Amazon Author link on my page.

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