40 years ago on June 19, 1984, the Houston Rockets made a pivotal decision by selecting Hakeem Olajuwon as the No. 1 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, marking a transformative moment for the franchise.

By the Numbers
  • Olajuwon led the Rockets to their first NBA title in the 1993-94 season with impressive stats: 27.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 3.6 assists per game.
  • He holds the record for the most blocked shots in NBA history with 3,830 career rejections and secured two NBA championships and Finals MVP awards during his career.
State of Play
  • Hakeem Olajuwon's legacy remains profound in Rockets history as the greatest player for the team, with accolades including multiple championships, MVP honors, and Hall of Fame induction.
  • The 1984 NBA Draft, where Olajuwon was selected, is considered one of the most significant draft classes in league history, featuring legendary players like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.
Bottom Line

Hakeem Olajuwon's selection as the No. 1 pick in the 1984 NBA Draft reshaped the Houston Rockets' trajectory, leading to multiple championships and establishing him as one of the greatest big men in NBA history.