Hakeem Olajuwon

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Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
No. 34, 15
Center
Personal information
Born (1963-01-21) January 21, 1963 (age 56)
Lagos, Nigeria
Career information
CollegeHouston
NBA Draft1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Pro career1984–2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points26,946 (21.8 ppg)
Rebounds13,747 (11.1 rpg)
Blocks3,830 (3.1 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria; pronounced ah-KEEM ah-LAH-zhoo-wahn), formerly Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American basketball player. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He is considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in basketball history. Hakeem Olajuwon travelled all the way from his home country of Nigeria to play basketball in the United States. He won two National Basketball Association (NBA) championships with the Houston Rockets. During his career, he was nicknamed "The Dream", often extended to "Hakeem the Dream", due to his grace both on and off the court. His best move was called the "Dream Shake". He also called himself "Little Moses"[1] after one of his biggest idols, Moses Malone, who played for the Houston Rockets while Olajuwon played for the University of Houston Cougars men's basketball team.

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  1. "Hakeem Olajuwon nickname". 23 March 1983. p. 35 – via newspapers.com.