Nigerian born Hakeem 'The Dream' Olajuwon will be honoured as an inductee of the 2016 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame on 27 August at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.
According to a report on FIBA.com, Olajuwon who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport made his mark in international basketball when he helped his adopted country, the USA, capture the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
After turning professional, Olajuwon remained in Houston when the NBA's Houston Rockets selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1984 draft.
Olajuwon led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA crowns in 1994 and 1995, claiming the honour as the Finals Most Valuable Player on both occasions.
Olajuwon received recognition throughout his career. In his first title-winning campaign, he was the league MVP. Six times he was named to the All-NBA First Team and was an All-Star 12 times. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
On five occasions, he was named to the league's All-Defensive First Team and four times All-Defensive Second Team. The ultimate rim protector, Olajuwon's 3,830 blocks still rank first all time.
Olajuwon had a celebrated NBA career, which ended in 2002 after a short stint with the Toronto Raptors.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN