The Dream

Hakeem Olajuwon

If you haven't watched a lot of Hakeem Olajuwon, you have truly been missing out on something spectacular. Ever since his days of dominating the floor at the University of Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon has been an absolute nightmare for opposing teams. 

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon was born in Lagos, Nigeria before deciding to travel from his home country in order to play college basketball for the Houston Cougars. Olajuwon would join forces in College with another future NBA Hall of Famer in Clyde Drexler. The two would become crucial parts of the "Phi Slama Jama" nickname that the Houston Cougars earned, recognized as the first "Slam-dunking fraternity" for their aggressive above-the-rim playing style. 

When we try to hint to you that Olajuwon was a dominating presence in College...we aren't joking. Olajuwon didn't dominate as a Freshman, only starting in 6 games for Houston. In the offseason, he spent time training with NBA Legend Moses Malone to work on his game. As you can see below...Olajuwon returned for his Sophomore year and opened plenty of eyes with his play.

 

Fast forward through Hakeem's college days, and the Houston Rockets made "The Dream" the 1st overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Yes, if that draft sounds familiar, Mr. Michael Jordan went third overall to the Chicago Bulls. From the start, it was clear that Hakeem Olajuwon was here to be the new beast in the post. Hakeem would go on to play 18 seasons in the NBA and was an All-Star in 12 of them. He posted career averages of 21.8 PPG, 11.1 REB, and 3.1 BLK. 

 

There's no denying how impressive and overall dominate Olajuwon was on an NBA court. So what made Olajuwon so great? Besides his impressive defensive ability, "The Dream" had some of the most incredible footwork for a big man that the game has ever seen. Below you'll find a clip of some of Hakeem's finest work in the post.