Basketball players and fans all over the world always look up to the players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is the ultimate goal of any basketball player to play for this prestigious basketball league. Slowly, more and more international players are making their names in NBA. There have also been a few Muslim players in the league. Here are the three best Muslim basketball players ever to play in the NBA.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was born Ferdinand Alcindor Jr. He is another Muslim NBA player and holds the most points scored in the league. Kareem was raised as a Roman Catholic, but converted to Sunni Islam in 1968 and changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in most statistics and categories: scoring, blocked shots, games and minutes played, field goal attempts and made, defensive rebounds as well as personal fouls. He has six NBA titles, with two NBA finals MVP, six NBA MVP and was a 19-time All-Star.
2. Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon was another dominant center in the NBA who played for the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets from 1984 to 2002. He fronted the Rockets continuously during 1994 and “95 championships. Moreover, he has been inaugurated into the NBA Hall of Fame. This man is a Nigerian native known for finesse and power as a center in the NBA. Hakeem is also part of the 50 Greatest Players of NBA. Hakeem was a two time NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP. Currently, Hakeem is still active in the basketball scene, but in the background training NBA players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire and many more in polishing their games at the post.
3. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant big man in the NBA. A center, he started his career on 1992 and played with six different teams until he retired in 2011. He is most known for playing with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has four NBA titles under his belt, with three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and one NBA Most Valuable Player. He was selected 15 times as an All-Star. Shaq now works as an NBA analyst. He is considered as one of the greatest 50 players in the NBA.
The article was written by John Hassan of www.online-casino-gambling-strategy.com