The 25 Greatest NBA Players of the '80s

13. Hakeem Olajuwon

Accomplishments (1984-1985 - 1988-1989): 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 4x All-Defense
Team(s): Rockets
Stats (1984-1985 - 1988-1989): 23.0 PPG 12.1 RPG 2.0 APG 1.9 SPG 3.1 BPG
'80s Highlights 

When you think of the best centers ever, think of Akeem. The Dream used his soccer skills on the basketball court. The athletic big man had unfathomable footwork for a man his size. After drafting Ralph Sampson in 1983, the Rockets surprised everyone by taking Olajuwon with the first pick the very next year. A season later, Houston found themselves in the Finals battling the Celtics in an epic series. Although, they lost in six games, the Rockets now had a franchise center for years to come.

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