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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

6X
NBA Champion
2X
NBA Finals MVP
6x
NBA MVP
19X
NBA All-Star
15X
All-NBA

Things to Know


Game-changing impact on and off court.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is perhaps the most accomplished player in NBA history, collecting Rookie of the Year honors, six NBA MVPs, two Finals MVPs and six NBA titles. He was one of the most consistent players in league history and still stands as the game's all-time leading scorer.

Born Lew Alcindor, he converted from Catholicism to Islam before the 1971-72 season and took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which means “noble, powerful servant.”

Was perhaps best known for his signature shot, the sky hook. Abdul-Jabbar himself once labeled the shot "unsexy," but it became one of the most effective weapons in all of sports.

Career
He was the most outstanding player in the NCAA Tournament in 1967, '68 and '69 and went No. 1 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 draft, where he immediately reversed the Bucks' fortunes.

In 1970-71, the Bucks were led by the MVP Jabbar to The Finals, where they defeated the Baltimore Bullets for the championship. Jabbar was named Finals MVP and took the Bucks to another Finals (in 1974, which they lost to Boston).

In 1975, he requested a trade to either New York or Los Angeles because he was unhappy due in part to the lack of people who shared his religious and cultural beliefs in Milwaukee. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on June 16, 1975.

He won the NBA MVP in 1975-76 and '76-77, marking the second time in his career he won MVPs in back-to-back seasons. He is the first player in NBA history to win two consecutive MVPs at two different points in his career (since done one other time by LeBron James in 2008-10 and 2011-13).

From Dec. 4, 1977 until Dec. 2, 1987, Abdul-Jabbar was the embodiment of double-figure scoring consistency. Between those dates, Abdul-Jabbar scored at least 10 points in every game and when the streak ended, he had amassed 787 straight double-figure scoring games. That mark stood until Dec. 30, 1997, when the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan broke Abdul-Jabbar's record.

On April 5, 1984 vs. Utah, Abdul-Jabbar scored on a sky-hook for career point No. 31,420, which moved him past Wilt Chamberlain for the all-time scoring mark.

In The 1985 Finals, Abdul-Jabbar made history in becoming the oldest player in league history to win series MVP honors. At 38 years and 54 days old, Abdul-Jabbar had a resurgence in the series, averaging 25.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 5.2 apg and 1.5 bpg and the Lakers recovered from an awful Game 1 loss to take the series in Game 6.

Upon retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar left the game as its all-time scorer with 38,387 points (24.6 ppg), 17,440 rebounds (11.2 rpg), 3,189 blocks and a .559 field-goal percentage and had logged 1,560 games. He scored in double figures in 787 straight games.

On May 13, 2021, the NBA announced the creation of the annual Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Award, which seeks to recognize a current NBA player for pursuing social justice efforts.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

KAJ jersey goes to the rafters

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stats


24.6
PPG
11.2
RPG
3.6
APG
38,387
PTS (1st All-Time)
3,189
BLK (3rd All-Time)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1988-89LAL427422.910.14.28.947.50.00.00.01.62.273.91.43.14.51.00.51.11.32.6
1987-88LAL418028.914.66.011.353.20.00.00.02.63.476.21.54.56.01.70.61.22.02.7
1986-87LAL407831.317.57.212.756.40.00.033.33.14.471.41.94.86.72.60.61.22.43.1
1985-86LAL397933.323.49.616.956.40.00.00.04.35.676.51.74.46.13.50.81.62.63.1
1984-85LAL387933.322.09.215.359.90.00.00.03.75.073.22.15.87.93.20.82.12.53.0
1983-84LAL378032.821.59.015.557.80.00.00.03.64.972.32.15.27.32.60.71.82.82.6
1982-83LAL367932.321.89.115.558.80.00.00.03.54.774.92.15.47.52.50.82.22.52.8
1981-82LAL357635.223.99.917.157.90.00.00.04.15.870.62.36.48.73.00.82.73.02.9
1980-81LAL348037.226.210.518.257.40.00.00.05.36.976.62.57.810.33.40.72.93.13.1
1979-80LAL338238.324.810.216.960.40.00.00.04.45.876.52.38.510.84.51.03.43.62.6
1978-79LAL328039.523.89.716.857.7---4.45.973.62.610.212.85.41.04.03.52.9
1977-78LAL316236.525.810.719.455.0---4.45.678.33.09.912.94.31.73.03.42.9
1976-77LAL308236.826.210.818.757.9---4.66.570.13.210.013.33.91.23.2-3.2
1975-76LAL298241.227.711.121.152.9---5.57.870.33.313.516.95.01.54.1-3.6
1974-75MIL286542.330.012.524.451.3---5.06.676.33.011.014.04.11.03.3-3.2
1973-74MIL278143.827.011.721.753.9---3.65.270.23.511.014.54.81.43.5-2.9
1972-73MIL267642.830.212.923.355.4---4.36.171.3--16.15.0---2.7
1971-72MIL258144.234.814.324.957.4---6.29.068.9--16.64.6---2.9
1970-71MIL248240.131.713.022.557.7---5.78.369.0--16.03.3---3.2
1969-70MIL238243.128.811.422.151.8---5.99.165.3--14.54.1---3.5
Overall156036.824.610.218.155.90.0--4.36.072.12.47.611.23.60.92.62.73.0
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.