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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It is hard to find a sentence including "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" and not "NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points". But he was much more than that. He was an example of professionalism, he had style, he was an innovator. Abdul-Jabbar won 6 championship and the list of his personal records, achievements and awards is endless. Currently he is an assistant coach for the Lakers helping develop their big men.

Full Name: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Born: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor

Nicknames: "The Big Fella", "Lew", "Cap"

Position: Center

Jersey Number: 33

Birth date: April 16, 1947

Place of Birth: USA National Flag New York, NY, USA

Plays: Right-handed

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (1969-70 to 1974-75), Los Angeles Lakers (1975-76 to 1988-89)

NBA Seasons: 20

Team Titles won:

NBA Championships: 6 - Bucks: 1970-71, Lakers: 1979-80, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88

Personal Titles and Awards:

- NBA Regular Season MVP: 6 - 1970-71, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80
- NBA Finals MVP: 2 - 1971, 1985
- Rookie of the Year: in 1970

- NBA leader in scoring: 2 - (1970-71; 31.7 ppg, 1971-72: 34.8 ppg)
- NBA leader in rebounding: 1 - (1975-76)
- NBA leader in blocked shots: 4 - (1974-75, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1979-80)
- All NBA First Team: 10 - 1970-71/1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86
- NBA All-Defensive First Team: 5 - 1973-74, 1974-75, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)
- Selected for NBA All-Star Game: 19 (NBA Record) - 1969-70/1976-77, 1978-79/1988-89
- One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1980)
- One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
- Inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 1995
- Holds NBA career records for total points (38,387), minutes (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goals attempted (28,307), Season MVPs (6) and selections for the All-Star Game (19).
- He is 2nd in total blocks (3189) and games played (1560), 3rd in total rebounds (17,440) and is only below Michael Jordan in total points in playoffs (5,762)

Career highlights:

1989 - His professionalism and an almost injury-free career allowed him to became the first player in NBA history to play 20 seasons. He led his teams to 10 finals in that period. When he retired he was at the top of nine NBA statistical categories, including points scored, seasons played, playoff scoring, MVP awards (6), minutes played (57,446), games played, field goals made and attempted and blocked shots.

1987 - He taught the basics of his famous "Sky-Hook" to teammate Magic Johnson who used his own version, also known as the "baby-hook" for the winning basket of game 4 in the Finals against the Boston Celtics.

1985 - The 1985 Finals against the Celtics began in the worst way with an embarrassing 148-114 defeat. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then 38 years old, took the blame for himself and promised his teammates they would never see such a lack of effort from him again. The next game he showed the road to the championship with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. The Lakers won the series 4-2 and Abdul-Jabbar got his second MVP, 14 years after his first, when he was 24 and was still known as Lew Alcindor.

1984 - As a symbol of his career, it was a sky-hook that made him the historical leader in points in the NBA. It was on April 14, 1984 against the Utah Jazz who where playing a home game at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kareem caught the ball from Magic, faked to his right, went to his left and from the baseline released his trademark shot to add two points to his personal record that raised to 31,420, one point more than Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record. The mark was never surpassed, Karl Malone was near but he retired, and the active player that is closer is Shaquille O'Neal but he needs another 15,000 points.

1974 - Although the Bucks lost the Finals against the Boston Celtics that year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook in double overtime in Game 6 won the game 102-101 and is considered one of the greatest NBA finals moments.

Career Stats:

Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1969-70 Bucks 82 0 43.1 .518 .000 .653 0.0 0.0 14.5 4.1 0.0 0.0 0.00 3.50 28.8
1970-71 Bucks 82 82 40.1 .577 .000 .690 0.0 0.0 16.0 3.3 0.0 0.0 0.00 3.20 31.7
1971-72 Bucks 81 81 44.2 .574 .000 .689 0.0 0.0 16.6 4.6 0.0 0.0 0.00 2.90 34.8
1972-73 Bucks 76 76 42.8 .554 .000 .713 0.0 0.0 16.1 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 2.70 30.2
1973-74 Bucks 81 81 43.8 .539 .000 .702 3.5 11.0 14.5 4.8 1.4 3.5 0.00 2.90 27.0
1974-75 Bucks 65 64 42.3 .513 .000 .763 3.0 11.0 14.0 4.1 1.0 3.3 0.00 3.20 30.0
1975-76 Lakers 82 82 41.2 .529 .000 .703 3.3 13.5 16.9 5.0 1.4 4.1 0.00 3.60 27.7
1976-77 Lakers 82 82 36.8 .579 .000 .701 3.2 10.0 13.3 3.9 1.2 3.2 0.00 3.20 26.2
1977-78 Lakers 62 62 36.5 .550 .000 .783 3.0 9.9 12.9 4.3 1.7 3.0 3.35 2.90 25.8
1978-79 Lakers 80 80 39.5 .577 .000 .736 2.6 10.2 12.8 5.4 1.0 4.0 3.53 2.90 23.8
1979-80 Lakers 82 81 38.3 .604 .000 .765 2.3 8.5 10.8 4.5 1.0 3.4 3.62 2.60 24.8
1980-81 Lakers 80 80 37.2 .574 .000 .766 2.5 7.8 10.3 3.4 0.7 2.8 3.11 3.10 26.2
1981-82 Lakers 76 76 35.2 .579 .000 .706 2.3 6.4 8.7 3.0 0.8 2.7 3.03 2.90 23.9
1982-83 Lakers 79 79 32.3 .588 .000 .749 2.1 5.4 7.5 2.5 0.8 2.2 2.53 2.80 21.8
1983-84 Lakers 80 80 32.8 .578 .000 .723 2.1 5.2 7.3 2.6 0.7 1.8 2.76 2.60 21.5
1984-85 Lakers 79 79 33.3 .599 .000 .732 2.1 5.8 7.9 3.2 0.8 2.0 2.49 3.00 22.0
1985-86 Lakers 79 79 33.3 .564 .000 .765 1.7 4.4 6.1 3.5 0.8 1.6 2.57 3.10 23.4
1986-87 Lakers 78 78 31.3 .564 .333 .714 1.9 4.8 6.7 2.6 0.6 1.2 2.38 3.10 17.5
1987-88 Lakers 80 80 28.9 .532 .000 .762 1.5 4.5 6.0 1.7 0.6 1.2 1.99 2.70 14.6
1988-89 Lakers 74 74 22.9 .475 .000 .739 1.4 3.1 4.5 1.0 0.5 1.2 1.28 2.60 10.1
Career   1560 1476 36.8 .559 .056 .721 2.4 7.6 11.2 3.6 0.9 2.5 1.71 3.00 24.6
All-Star   18 13 24.9 .493 .000 .820 2.2 5.6 8.3 2.8 0.4 2.1 2.55 3.20 13.9

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Other interesting information:

- The Bucks won the coin toss for the first overall choice in the 1969 NBA Draft over the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks selected Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with that pick.

- He was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor but he converted from Catholicism to Islam and before the 1971-72 NBA season he took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which means "noble, powerful servant".

- He played many roles in the movies and the TV. The most remembered are co-pilot Murdock, a man tired of being mistaken for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the famous comedy "Airplane" and the giant Hakim, who fights Bruce Lee in the movie "Game of Death".

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