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Emeka Okafor Career NBA Highlights
Emeka Okafor Career NBA Highlights
Published: 2013/10/27
Channel: Sam Cooper
Emeka Okafor 20 Points Full Highlights (2/13/2013)
Emeka Okafor 20 Points Full Highlights (2/13/2013)
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: DownToBuck
Emeka Okafor Forces OT with Buzzer Beater
Emeka Okafor Forces OT with Buzzer Beater
Published: 2011/03/25
Channel: NBA
EMEKA OKAFOR IS A PACK N
EMEKA OKAFOR IS A PACK N' PLAY GOD! - NBA 2K16 MYTEAM
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: ThatKiddKuda
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Published: 2010/04/04
Channel: NBA
Emeka Okafor And Ben Gordon
Emeka Okafor And Ben Gordon
Published: 2007/03/05
Channel: uconnhusky1
NBA Fundamentals: Emeka Okafor on Shot-Blocking
NBA Fundamentals: Emeka Okafor on Shot-Blocking
Published: 2007/01/02
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The Crazy Ones - Emeka Okafor at TEDxEuston
The Crazy Ones - Emeka Okafor at TEDxEuston
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: TEDx Talks
Nba Player, Emeka Okafor Shows Off His Beautiful Family
Nba Player, Emeka Okafor Shows Off His Beautiful Family
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: CountDown
Emeka Okafor ridiculous game tying buzzer beater vs Jazz (Mar. 24, 2011)
Emeka Okafor ridiculous game tying buzzer beater vs Jazz (Mar. 24, 2011)
Published: 2011/03/25
Channel: thehoopscene
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant's Epic Dunk on Emeka Okafor! - 2011 NBA playoffs Lakers Hornets Game 5
Published: 2011/04/27
Channel: BenderIsGreat
Chris Paul 13pts-19ast & Emeka Okafor 26pts(FG 1213) vs. Heat (11.05.10)
Chris Paul 13pts-19ast & Emeka Okafor 26pts(FG 1213) vs. Heat (11.05.10)
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: FottballAllGoals
Emeka Okafor of the Washington Wizards reveals which of his teammates he trusts with his life
Emeka Okafor of the Washington Wizards reveals which of his teammates he trusts with his life
Published: 2012/07/15
Channel: NBASummerLeague
Emeka Okafor 09-10 Mix by Patrys15
Emeka Okafor 09-10 Mix by Patrys15
Published: 2010/11/18
Channel: BigPatrys15
2004 UConn Huskies Season Highlights Mix
2004 UConn Huskies Season Highlights Mix
Published: 2006/08/03
Channel: DaNo1StUnNa45
Emeka Okafor clutch block on Tiago Splitter (Jan 23, 2012)
Emeka Okafor clutch block on Tiago Splitter (Jan 23, 2012)
Published: 2012/01/24
Channel: thehoopscene
Emeka Okafor airball his two freethrows
Emeka Okafor airball his two freethrows
Published: 2010/03/20
Channel: Shinobi Gambit
Vince Carter Dunks On Emeka Okafor
Vince Carter Dunks On Emeka Okafor
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: James Herbert
Emeka Okafor Interview
Emeka Okafor Interview
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: Adam McGinnis
Dwight Howard vs Emeka Okafor 2011-2012 season
Dwight Howard vs Emeka Okafor 2011-2012 season
Published: 2012/06/21
Channel: itsanegg
Emeka Okafor 8 blocks in one game
Emeka Okafor 8 blocks in one game
Published: 2011/06/04
Channel: diStefano87
Tayshaun Prince Dunks on Emeka Okafor for Double OT Win
Tayshaun Prince Dunks on Emeka Okafor for Double OT Win
Published: 2015/04/12
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
Vince Carter dunks on Okafor! (Jan 7, 2012)
Vince Carter dunks on Okafor! (Jan 7, 2012)
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: thehoopscene
エメカ・オカフォー(Emeka Okafor)5
エメカ・オカフォー(Emeka Okafor)5
Published: 2011/01/13
Channel: stardamire2
Vince Carter SICK FACIAL Dunk on Emeka Okafor (6ft.10) in HD (Jan. 7, 2012)
Vince Carter SICK FACIAL Dunk on Emeka Okafor (6ft.10) in HD (Jan. 7, 2012)
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: RedBullgakov
Derrick Rose Dunks over Emeka Okafor
Derrick Rose Dunks over Emeka Okafor
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: DerrickRoseOne
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Published: 2010/04/04
Channel: nbaus
Kobe Bryant Posterizes Emeka Okafor
Kobe Bryant Posterizes Emeka Okafor
Published: 2011/07/04
Channel: LakersVideos
2009 Media Day - Emeka Okafor
2009 Media Day - Emeka Okafor
Published: 2012/06/18
Channel: NOLA Pelicans
Serge Ibaka power slam over Emeka Okafor (Jan. 24, 2011)
Serge Ibaka power slam over Emeka Okafor (Jan. 24, 2011)
Published: 2011/01/25
Channel: thehoopscene
Elevate USA Promo Video with Emeka Okafor
Elevate USA Promo Video with Emeka Okafor
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: Elevateusa1
Kobe Bryant Dunk on Emeka Okafor HD)
Kobe Bryant Dunk on Emeka Okafor HD)
Published: 2013/09/08
Channel: NBA VideoS
Kobe Bryant dunks on Emeka Okafor
Kobe Bryant dunks on Emeka Okafor
Published: 2011/04/30
Channel: ALEXNATION1
Kobe Bryant NASTY dunk on Emeka Okafor!
Kobe Bryant NASTY dunk on Emeka Okafor!
Published: 2011/04/27
Channel: Josh 'Coot Tamer' Epps
2004 NCAA Basketball National Championship - UConn vs Georgia Tech
2004 NCAA Basketball National Championship - UConn vs Georgia Tech
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: NCAA On Demand
Bismack Biyombo Posterizes Emeka Okafor
Bismack Biyombo Posterizes Emeka Okafor
Published: 2013/03/19
Channel: NBillets
Vince Carter dunks on Emeka Okafor!
Vince Carter dunks on Emeka Okafor!
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: RedSox12590
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Block of the Night: Emeka Okafor
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: nbaus
2004 NCAA Basketball National Semi-Final - Uconn vs Duke
2004 NCAA Basketball National Semi-Final - Uconn vs Duke
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: NCAA On Demand
Emeka Okafor dunks on Kevin Durant 1-24-11
Emeka Okafor dunks on Kevin Durant 1-24-11
Published: 2011/01/25
Channel: getbangedon
Emeka Okafor pins Earl Clark
Emeka Okafor pins Earl Clark's dunk attempt (Jan 27, 2012)
Published: 2012/01/28
Channel: thehoopscene
Emeka Okafor Runs Drills with Elevate Student Athletes
Emeka Okafor Runs Drills with Elevate Student Athletes
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: Elevateusa1
Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor's Emergence
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Adam McGinnis
Kobe Dunks Over Emeka Okafor
Kobe Dunks Over Emeka Okafor
Published: 2011/04/27
Channel: Rahl Diaz
Kenyon Martin dunks on Emeka Okafor
Kenyon Martin dunks on Emeka Okafor
Published: 2010/01/24
Channel: getbangedon
Emeka Okafor Getting Comfortable
Emeka Okafor Getting Comfortable
Published: 2009/09/29
Channel: CBS
Emeka Okafor on what Maker Faire means for Africa and the need for manufacturing on the continent
Emeka Okafor on what Maker Faire means for Africa and the need for manufacturing on the continent
Published: 2013/09/12
Channel: SmartMonkeyTV
Kobe Bryant dunks on Emeka Okafor then Carl Landry [HD] 4/26/11
Kobe Bryant dunks on Emeka Okafor then Carl Landry [HD] 4/26/11
Published: 2011/04/27
Channel: StunningVids
1-7-12 Vince Carter dunks on Emeka Okafor
1-7-12 Vince Carter dunks on Emeka Okafor
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: getbangedon
Emeka Okafor Signing Autographs in Indianapolis
Emeka Okafor Signing Autographs in Indianapolis
Published: 2010/01/18
Channel: IndianaInPerson
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Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor Washington at Orlando 002.jpg
Okafor during his tenure with the Washington Wizards
Free agent
Position Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1982-09-28) September 28, 1982 (age 34)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Bellaire (Bellaire, Texas)
College Connecticut (2001–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Playing career 2004–present
Career history
20042009 Charlotte Bobcats
20092012 New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013 Washington Wizards
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor (born September 28, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Prior to the National Basketball Association (NBA), Okafor attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and the University of Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Okafor was born in Houston, Texas. Both of his parents are natives of Nigeria, and Emeka was the first member of his family born in the United States.[1] His father, Pius Okafor, is a member of the Igbo ethnic group.[2]

Okafor's family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma when he was young because his father worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, headquartered in Bartlesville. While in Bartlesville, Okafor's father took his son to the Bartlesville YMCA to learn the game of basketball.[3]

High school career[edit]

Okafor played at Bellaire High School with future Oklahoma State star John Lucas III. Okafor averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks in his senior season. Bellaire was 26–5 in that season, losing 56–42 in the third round of the 2001 UIL state playoffs, to Willowridge High School and future Texas standout T. J. Ford. This game is particularly notable, however, because it featured five players who would go on to play in an NCAA Final Four (Bellaire had Lucas and Okafor, while Willowridge featured Ford, Oklahoma State's Ivan McFarlin and Duke's Daniel Ewing). All five of these players would eventually go on to play at least a season in the NBA.

Okafor flew under the recruiting radar for much of his high school career, but by the end of his senior year, Okafor was receiving late interest from top programs and chose to accept a scholarship at the University of Connecticut, choosing the Huskies over Arkansas and Vanderbilt.[4]

College career[edit]

Okafor played for the University of Connecticut from 2001 to 2004 where he was teammates with Charlie Villanueva, Marcus Williams, Ben Gordon, Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone, who all went on to play in the NBA. He majored in finance during his time at Connecticut, and he graduated with honors after three years in May 2004 with a 3.8 GPA. Okafor was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2004 for his work on and off the court.

Okafor is noted for his impressive defensive ability, especially his shot-blocking. Although he was plagued by back problems for most of the 2003–04 season, Okafor led UConn to the program's second national title in six seasons. He was crowned as the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player. In addition, Okafor led the nation in blocks that season and was also named National Defensive Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He also received the Big East Player of the Year award. Okafor graduated as Connecticut's leader in blocked shots with 441.[5] In light of his collegiate achievements, Okafor was made a member of the 2004 U.S. National Men's Basketball Team which represented the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens.

On February 5, 2007, he was inducted to the Husky Ring Of Honor at Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs during halftime of the men's basketball game against the Syracuse Orange as part of a ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and 3 coaches.[6]

NBA career[edit]

Charlotte Bobcats (2004–2009)[edit]

On April 16, 2004, Okafor declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA draft, giving up his one remaining year of college athletic eligibility. He did, however, receive his undergraduate degree in Accounting/Finance in three academic years. On June 24, Okafor was selected second overall in the draft, becoming the first ever draft pick by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.[7] The following day, he accepted an invitation to join the United States team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which finished with the bronze medal in Athens.

The 2004–05 NBA season was a successful campaign as Okafor coped well with the pressures of being the star rookie on an expansion franchise. Highlights of the season included recording 19 straight double-doubles from November 21 through January 1, and finishing seventh among Eastern Conference forwards in NBA All-Star Game fan balloting with 408,082 votes, by far the highest number garnered by any rookie in 2005. At the end of the season, Okafor beat out his friend and former college teammate and roommate, Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[8]

On June 24, 2005, the Bobcats picked up the option for the fourth year on Okafor's contract, as he has quickly established himself as the face of the franchise, and a solid player for years to come. Okafor finished his rookie season with 44.7% field goal percentage and per-game averages of 15.1 points, 10.9 rebounds (ranked 4th in the league[9]), and 1.7 blocks.

In the 2005 offseason, Okafor's weight increased from 260 to 280 lbs. It was this weight gain which he felt caused him to have trouble rehabbing his early season ankle injury and forced him to sit out most of the 2005–06 season with injuries to his ankle.[10] Nonetheless in the few games he played he was effective as he averaged a double-double for the second consecutive season. For the season he finished with averages of 13.2 points on 41.5% shooting, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

Okafor tipping-off against Rasheed Wallace.

During the offseason he continued his tutorials with Hakeem Olajuwon, which he took up after his rookie season,[10] and lost the 20 pounds which he had gained for his second season. Okafor felt this weight loss gave him more energy and mobility. He led the Bobcats in rebounds per game, blocks per game, and field goal percentage. On December 29, 2006, in a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Emeka would record 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 4 blocks in over 51 minutes of play, in an epic 133–124 triple overtime victory. He also had eight blocks in games against the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. On January 12, 2007, he would record an NBA season high ten blocks in a game against the New York Knicks. His ten blocks were the most ever recorded in a single game at Madison Square Garden. In that game, he was one rebound away from recording the first ever triple-double in franchise history, finishing with 20 pts, 10 blocks, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Later in the season, he suffered an ankle injury which caused him to miss fifteen games. He finished the season averaging 14.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 67 games.

Prior to the start of the 2007–08 season, Okafor turned down a contract extension with the Charlotte Bobcats worth an estimated US$60 million over five years. Despite turning down the contract, Okafor maintained that he indeed wanted to remain with the Bobcats. Despite feuding with head coach Sam Vincent throughout the season, Okafor still managed to average a double-double for the fourth consecutive season of his career. He also played in all 82 games of the regular season for the first time in his career. At the end of the season head coach Sam Vincent was fired by part-owner Michael Jordan saying in a statement: "The decision to remove Sam as head coach after just one season was difficult, but it was a decision that had to be made because my first obligation is to do what is in the best interest of our team."

During the off-season, the Bobcats' top priority was to re-sign Okafor. Through tough negotiations the Bobcats and Okafor eventually reached an agreement on a six-year, $72 million deal, the largest in franchise history. In a statement, Okafor voiced his pleasure with remaining in the organization: "The Bobcats and the entire Charlotte community embraced me from day one, and it's exciting to enter this season with a Hall of Fame coach and teammates who are committed to winning."

Okafor entered the 2008–09 season with active franchise-record streaks of 93 consecutive games played and 92 consecutive games started.

New Orleans Hornets (2009–2012)[edit]

On July 28, 2009, Okafor was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Tyson Chandler.[11] During the 2010–11 NBA season, Okafor ended up making it to his first ever NBA playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ultimately, the Hornets lost their first-round series 4-2, with Okafor having a decrease in points and rebounding averages throughout the six games.

Washington Wizards (2012–2013)[edit]

On June 20, 2012, Okafor was traded, along with Trevor Ariza, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick of the 2012 NBA draft.[12] Okafor went on to be named a finalist for the inaugural Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award for his contributions with the team on and off the court.[13]

Injury recovery and free agency (2013–present)[edit]

On October 25, 2013, days before the start of the 2013–14 NBA season, Okafor was traded, along with a 2014 protected first-round draft pick, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee.[14] However, he missed the entire season due to a herniated disc in his neck that was discovered in September 2013, and remained unsigned throughout the 2014–15 season,[15] the 2015–16 season, and the 2016–17 season. During the 2015–16 season, he reportedly spoke with Cleveland, Miami and Golden State before deciding to delay his return until sometime in 2017. On May 30, 2017, it was announced that Okafor has been medically cleared to play in the NBA once again.[16][17]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Charlotte 73 73 35.6 .447 .000 .609 10.9 .9 .8 1.7 15.1
2005–06 Charlotte 26 25 33.6 .415 .000 .656 10.0 1.2 .8 1.9 13.2
2006–07 Charlotte 67 65 34.8 .532 .000 .593 11.3 1.2 .9 2.6 14.4
2007–08 Charlotte 82 82 33.1 .535 .000 .570 10.7 .9 .8 1.7 13.8
2008–09 Charlotte 82 81 32.8 .561 .000 .593 10.1 .6 .6 1.7 13.2
2009–10 New Orleans 82 82 28.9 .530 .000 .562 9.0 .7 .7 1.5 10.4
2010–11 New Orleans 72 72 31.8 .573 .000 .562 9.5 .6 .6 1.8 10.3
2011–12 New Orleans 27 27 28.9 .533 .000 .514 7.9 .9 .6 1.0 9.9
2012–13 Washington 79 77 26.0 .477 .000 .571 8.8 1.2 .6 1.0 9.7
Career 590 584 31.7 .512 .000 .584 9.9 .9 .7 1.7 12.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 New Orleans 6 6 31.3 .645 .000 .364 5.5 .0 1.0 1.0 7.3
Career 6 6 31.3 .645 .000 .364 5.5 .0 1.0 1.0 7.3

Personal life[edit]

Okafor's first name, Chukwuemeka, means "God has done well" in the Igbo language.[1] He appeared on the cover of NCAA March Madness 2005 video game. Okafor appeared as himself in the second season of the TV show One Tree Hill.

Okafor is a distant cousin of NBA player Jahlil Okafor.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emeka Okafor Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Longman, Jere (March 26, 2003). "2003 N.C.A.A. TOURNAMENT: TRUE STUDENT ATHLETE; Academics, And a Game To Back It Up". NYTimes.com. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Okafor Exemplifies Concept of 'Student-Athlete'". CSTV.com. April 6, 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bellaire's Okafor to sign with Connecticut
  5. ^ "HoopsHype Players – 50 Emeka Okafor". HoopsHype.com. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Huskies of Honor
  7. ^ "Bobcats Select Emeka Okafor As First-Ever Rookie Draft Pick". NBA.com. June 24, 2004. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Okafor named Rookie of Year". ESPN. May 5, 2005. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ 2004-05 NBA Season Summary
  10. ^ a b "SPECIAL WEEKEND EDITION: Passing some hefty judgments". ESPN. November 26, 2006. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sources: Hornets, Cats agree on deal". ESPN. July 28, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Hornets trade Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to Wizards for Rashard Lewis
  13. ^ Billups wins first Twyman-Stokes Award
  14. ^ "Suns Acquire Okafor, First-Round Pick". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Stein, Marc (January 2, 2015). "Okafor likely to wait on decision". ESPN. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ Feldman, Dan (August 9, 2016). "Emeka Okafor attempting NBA comeback". NBCSports.com. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ Barnewall, Chris (May 30, 2017). "Emeka Okafor ready to attempt NBA comeback". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  18. ^ Jahlil Okafor of Chicago Is Parade's 2014 Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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