Hakeem Olajuwon on the Toronto Raptors? It Happened, and It Was Ugly


It might be easy to forget that Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the NBA’s all-time greatest centers, suited up for the Toronto Raptors. Olajuwon played 18 seasons in the NBA, earning a pair of championships and 12 NBA All-Star appearances. Seventeen of those seasons were spent with the Houston Rockets. He capped his career by playing 61 games for the Raptors, and it’s a situation where both player and team likely wished it never happened.

Is Hakeem Olajuwon a top-five center of all time?

Center Hakeem Olajuwon of the Toronto Raptors stretches before the NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Forget position for now, but Olajuwon proved to be one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA. The versatile 7-foot center led the league in rebounding twice and was tops on blocks for three seasons while showing he could also score. Through his 18 years of professional basketball, Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds and earned himself a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.