Rockets 7-foot legend Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player with 5 seasons of 6-plus Blocks+Steals, the rest of the NBA has a combined TWO
|Tue Jul 26 2022
Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the rarest breeds of players who in most matchups in the NBA was the best player on both – the offensive and the defensive sides of the game.
The Dream is one of the NBA’s greatest ever players of all time. Although he makes it to the top 10 of a lot of fans and experts, I would say he is still one of the most underrated players of all time.
Some would say he is not Top-5 because he underachieved with the transcendent abilities he had on both ends of the basketball court.
I would say he came into the league in the toughest era with not much support in his team for a decade and when he had a decent supporting cast he won championships.
With just one All-Star in Ralph Sampson by his side, a sophomore Olajuwon led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals averaging around 27 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3.5 blocks.
Hakeem Olajuwon at 23 years old in his second season in the NBA led the rockets to the finals and took 2 games off the ‘86 Celtics in the finals
That postseason Hakeem averaged 27 and 12 on 53% FG
In the conference finals again the lakers he averaged 31 PPG, 11 RPG and 4 BPG pic.twitter.com/iaS2kmxYXa
— Fadeaway World (@FadeawayWorld) June 7, 2020
Even if you forget his juggernaut offensive presence, averaging 5.5 blocks+steals a game on the defensive side of things is just unreal dominance on the defensive side of the ball game. But that would be bread and butter for Hakeem throughout his career.
Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player with 5 seasons of over SIX blocks+steals per game, the rest of the NBA has a combined TWO
Olajuwon might have underachieved in terms of championships but the NBA community certainly punished him by overlooking him for a lot more end-of-the-year awards.
The man who had just 5x All-Defensive First Team appearances and two Defensive Player of the Year awards had five separate seasons where he averaged a combined 6 blocked shots and steals per game or more.
Seasons averaging 6+ stocks (steals+blocks):
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 25, 2022
INSANE! I have not seen a more dominant defensive statistics than that. A 7-footer with that kind of quickness in his footwork must have been terrifying to play against.
That must be the reason why Michael Jordan said in 1992 that “It’s a good thing these guys (Houston Rockets) somehow don’t make it out of the best.. because we’ve got no answer for that BIG MONSTER (Hakeem)”.
That man, at the very least, should be declared the GOAT defender.