The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

5. Hakeem Olajuwon

Team(s): Rockets, Raptors
Stats: 145 G, 25.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 25.7 PER
Playoff accolades: 2x NBA Champion (in three Finals appearances), 2x Finals MVP
Playoff highlights

Olajuwon is in the conversation for greatest centers in basketball history, and in the playoffs he was at his absolute best. He sports the fifth-highest playoff PER in NBA history, and he is in the top 10 ever in total points, rebounds, steals and blocks as well. He helped guide the Rockets to back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, becoming the only player in NBA history to win MVP, Finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season in 1994. Olajuwon was an absolute force in both Finals appearances, posting combined averages of 29.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Not bad for a guy who didn't pick up a basketball until age 15.

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