REAL HOOPERS: Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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  • SF/PF/C
  • 6’9, 225 lbs
  • 3rd Overall Pick, 1996 NBA Draft (Vancouver)
  • College: Univ. of Cal (Berkely)
  • Hometown: Marieta, Georgia
  • Career Stats: 18.1 ppg, 7.5 reb
  • 1x NBA All Star
  • NBA All-Rookie Team (1996-97)

Current President of the G-League, Shareef Abdur-Rahim could get buckets with the best of them. The 6’9 Power Forward from Marietta, Georgia scored with ease and finesse during his NBA career.

The 3rd overall selection of the legendary 1996 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies, Reef left the sunshine of the University of Cal (Berkeley) to the foreign lands of Vancouver. From his rookie year until the end of his Vancouver stay in 2001, Shareef was the face of the franchise. Reef was a member of the All-Rookie First Team and registered four seasons of 20 + PPG in Vancouver. Rahim’s star role in Canada came to an end in 2001 when he was traded to Atlanta for future Grizzlies centerpiece Pau Gasol.

He earned an All-Star bid in his debut season with his hometown franchise. In the ‘02 season, Shareef became the 6th youngest player to reach 10,000 career points. Although his scoring binge continued in Atlanta, Reef was yet to make the NBA Playoffs. This drought continued after his brief stop in Portland.

In the 2005 off-season, he was a free agent and was slated to join the New Jersey Nets. A failed physical nixed this move. He ended up signing with the Kings. As a fill-in starter and 6th man, Shareef finally ended his record breaking streak of games played without appearing in the playoffs.

After two seasons as a 6th man in Sac-Town, the graceful scorer from Georgia announced his retirement 6 games into the 2007-08 season. Rahim retired due to a nagging knee injury.

A gold medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and a one-time All-Star, Reef’s accolades may be understated but he was an extremely talented scorer at the 4 spot. For his scoring exploits and for making the Grizzlies teal cool, Shareef Abdur-Rahim is a ‘Real Hooper’. 

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