Hakeem Olajuwon

1963 - Today

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Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), nicknamed "the Dream", is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest centers and one of the greatest basketball players of all time. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and eventually the Toronto Raptors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hakeem Olajuwon has received more than 6,863,188 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Hakeem Olajuwon is the 23rd most popular basketball player (up from 31st in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 13th in 2019) and the most popular Nigerian Basketball Player.

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  • 46

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  • 4.58

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  • 4.30

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Among basketball players, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 23 out of 1,264Before him are LeBron James, Karl Malone, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Charles Barkley, and George Mikan. After him are Sergei Belov, Krešimir Ćosić, Uljana Semjonova, Elgin Baylor, John Stockton, and Bob Pettit.

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Among people born in 1963, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 54Before him are Karl Malone, Dunga, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Charles Barkley, Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo, and David Thewlis. After him are Geert Wilders, Roberto Donadoni, Satoshi Kon, Pierre Nkurunziza, Gaspar Noé, and Joey Tempest.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 9 out of 200Before him are Hugo Weaving (1960), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Chinua Achebe (1930), Fela Kuti (1938), Tony Allen (1940), and Sade (1959). After him are Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), and Francis Arinze (1932).


Among basketball players born in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon ranks 1After him are Michael Olowokandi (1975) and Festus Ezeli (1989).