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1998 #1 Overall Pick Michael Olowokandi Highlights
1998 #1 Overall Pick Michael Olowokandi Highlights
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Worst No. 1 Overall NBA Draft pick & the four picks after Michael Olowokandi
Worst No. 1 Overall NBA Draft pick & the four picks after Michael Olowokandi
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The Kandiman Can
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Top 10 Worst NBA Draft Busts of All Time
Top 10 Worst NBA Draft Busts of All Time
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Amare Stoudemire baptises Michael Olowokandi (from every angle)
Amare Stoudemire baptises Michael Olowokandi (from every angle)
Published: 2008/11/29
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The 7 Biggest Busts in NBA History
The 7 Biggest Busts in NBA History
Published: 2016/04/19
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Kobe Bryant Posterizes Michael Olowokandi
Kobe Bryant Posterizes Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2014/06/03
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Amare Stoudemire jams over Michael Olowokandi
Amare Stoudemire jams over Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2016/03/02
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Sam Bowie: The man drafted before Michael Jordan
Sam Bowie: The man drafted before Michael Jordan
Published: 2014/06/23
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Worst #1 Overall NBA Draft Pick?
Worst #1 Overall NBA Draft Pick?
Published: 2015/03/25
Channel: TYT Sports
Elton Brand Dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Elton Brand Dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2013/08/30
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
NBA Draft 1996 Full Version!!! *The best draft ever
NBA Draft 1996 Full Version!!! *The best draft ever
Published: 2015/01/18
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TSN - Top 10 Teammate Fights
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Anthony Bennett Career High 15 Points Full Highlights (1/28/2014)
Anthony Bennett Career High 15 Points Full Highlights (1/28/2014)
Published: 2014/01/29
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Darko Milicic Top 10 Plays of his Career
Published: 2014/06/28
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Kenyon Martin vs. Corey Maggette fight
Kenyon Martin vs. Corey Maggette fight
Published: 2015/08/10
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Chris Bosh Posterizes Michael Olowokandi
Chris Bosh Posterizes Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: San4An
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 I
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 I
Published: 2011/04/19
Channel: ElRamrodder
Top 5 WORST NO.2 NBA DRAFT PICKS OF ALL TIME
Top 5 WORST NO.2 NBA DRAFT PICKS OF ALL TIME
Published: 2017/08/16
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NBA No 1 Draft Picks which Played Basketball in Europe
NBA No 1 Draft Picks which Played Basketball in Europe
Published: 2017/07/24
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I got Michael Olowokandi jersey card on the Timberwolves!
I got Michael Olowokandi jersey card on the Timberwolves!
Published: 2015/12/04
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Michael Olowokandi NBA 2K17
Michael Olowokandi NBA 2K17
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Horus Grant
Posterization Of The Decade: Amar
Posterization Of The Decade: Amar'e Stoudemire Dunks On Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2010/02/01
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NBA 2K17 Michael Olowokandi Creation
NBA 2K17 Michael Olowokandi Creation
Published: 2017/06/17
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Amare Stoudamire Dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Amare Stoudamire Dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2006/11/30
Channel: D1PHAM
Current  African Players In The NBA
Current African Players In The NBA
Published: 2017/01/08
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Amare Stoudemire jams over Michael Olowokandi
Amare Stoudemire jams over Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2007/01/25
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L.A Clippers @ Phoenix - J.Kidd 14 pts 16 assists, with overtime - 1999 Full Game
L.A Clippers @ Phoenix - J.Kidd 14 pts 16 assists, with overtime - 1999 Full Game
Published: 2017/04/09
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Michael Vick Legendary Highlights (Pro, College & High School)
Michael Vick Legendary Highlights (Pro, College & High School)
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Matt S. Videos
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Eurolega '98-'99, 2° fase: Kinder Bologna - Teamsystem Bologna (Olowokandi & Del Negro)
Published: 2016/04/23
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amare stoudamire  dunk on  olowokandi
amare stoudamire dunk on olowokandi
Published: 2010/04/06
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Chris Webber and Kings Throttle Clippers (2002 Sportscenter Highlights)
Chris Webber and Kings Throttle Clippers (2002 Sportscenter Highlights)
Published: 2015/02/25
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 III
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 III
Published: 2011/04/19
Channel: ElRamrodder
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 II
Politically Incorect 6-10-02 II
Published: 2011/04/19
Channel: ElRamrodder
NBA-NENE POWERHOUSE
NBA-NENE POWERHOUSE
Published: 2006/08/03
Channel: aanjunior
You Got Dunked On: Ron Artest Dunks On Michael Olowokandi
You Got Dunked On: Ron Artest Dunks On Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2011/09/27
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Kobe dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Kobe dunks on Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: Lightmon13
It Doesn
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Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Jeff Altman
Biggest Busts in NBA HISTORY!!
Biggest Busts in NBA HISTORY!!
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Highlight Nation
The Biggest First Round NBA Draft Pick Busts
The Biggest First Round NBA Draft Pick Busts
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Ranked Videos
POSTERIZED: Amare over Olowokandi
POSTERIZED: Amare over Olowokandi
Published: 2006/08/02
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03.06.00 - Shaquille O'Neal Career High 61 Pts 23 Rebs Full Highlights (Kareem Watches Shaq)
Published: 2016/08/31
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KOBE DUNKS ON OLOWOKANDI [KB24]
KOBE DUNKS ON OLOWOKANDI [KB24]
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: alley cat
Anthony Bennett 9 Points Full Highlights (11/23/2013)
Anthony Bennett 9 Points Full Highlights (11/23/2013)
Published: 2013/11/24
Channel: DownToBuck
Greg Oden interview
Greg Oden interview
Published: 2007/06/30
Channel: JBodden
Kevin Garnett (33pts/25rebs/6asts) Two 3s for OT vs. Kings (2003)
Kevin Garnett (33pts/25rebs/6asts) Two 3s for OT vs. Kings (2003)
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: LamarMatic
NBA 2000: LA Lakers @ New York Knicks; New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
NBA 2000: LA Lakers @ New York Knicks; New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Eduardo Voler
OBM - Basketball Player - Michael Olowokandi
OBM - Basketball Player - Michael Olowokandi
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Our Best Moments
Amare Stoudemire Dunks On Michael Olowakandi
Amare Stoudemire Dunks On Michael Olowakandi
Published: 2007/09/04
Channel: PFPDS
2000 NBA Rookie Challenge part 1/7
2000 NBA Rookie Challenge part 1/7
Published: 2008/07/06
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Michael Olowokandi
Michael Olowokandi with Earl Barron.jpg
Olowokandi in 2006 with Earl Barron.
Personal information
Born (1975-04-03) 3 April 1975 (age 42)
Lagos, Nigeria
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College Pacific (1995–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career 1998–2007
Position Center
Number 34, 41
Career history
1998 Kinder Bologna
19982003 Los Angeles Clippers
20032006 Minnesota Timberwolves
20062007 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,135 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds 3,414 (6.8 rpg)
Blocks 697 (1.4 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a retired professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria and raised in London he attended college on a basketball scholarship at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA draft, where he was selected as a center by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played professionally until 2007.

Early years[edit]

Olowokandi was born in Lagos, Nigeria; his father was a diplomat. His family moved to London, and Olowokandi attended the Newlands Manor School in Seaford, East Sussex and Brunel University. At Brunel, Olowokandi was an athlete in track and field, cricket, and rugby union, and began playing basketball when he was 18.[1][2]

College career[edit]

In 1995, he enrolled at University of the Pacific after opening to the school's page in Peterson's Guide to American Colleges and Universities. At a 7-foot height, Michael Olowokandi called the basketball office at Pacific in the hopes that he would be accepted.[1] During his junior year, Olowokandi led his team to the 1997 NCAA Tournament and as a senior he led the Tigers to the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. He averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game his senior year and was the 1997–98 Big West Conference Player of the Year. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in economics in 1998 and his No. 55 jersey was retired by the university.[3] After his senior year, he was drafted with the first overall pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.[1][4]

Professional career[edit]

Because of the 1998–99 NBA lockout, the season in which he was drafted, Olowokandi signed for Italian team Kinder Bologna. When he eventually signed for the Clippers he played there for five seasons. Afterward, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2003–04 NBA season. On 26 January 2006, he was traded to the Boston Celtics in a multi-player trade.[5]

In 500 regular season NBA games (399 games started), Olowokandi averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.39 blocked shots per game. In 15 playoff games (2 starts), he averaged 2.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.73 blocks per game. In the 2001–2002 season, Olowokandi saw the most playing time of his career and averaged 11.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. During the last 20 games of that season, he averaged 17 points a game and 11 rebounds, and was considered one of the biggest free agents in the 2002–2003 free agency class.[6][7] He played 36 games in the 2002–2003 season before sustaining an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season. In his last year with the Los Angeles Clippers, he sustained a hernia and knee injury, which greatly hindered his ability after being listed as a top free agent prospect for the 2002–03 season. He finished that season averaging 12.3 points (on 42.7% shooting from the floor) 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and 2.7 turnovers per game. During that offseason, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His time with the Timberwolves was marked by serious injury and inconsistent play.

Overall, Olowokandi's professional career was remarkably underwhelming and he has repeatedly been named among the biggest disappointments in NBA history.[8] The Clippers' pick of Olowokandi was particularly unwise as the 1998 NBA draft produced players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Rashard Lewis, and Mike Bibby, all of whom went on to have exceedingly more successful careers than Olowokandi.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Michael Olowokandi bio". NBA. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "U. of Pacific center Michael Olowokandi of Nigeria tops NBA draft". Jet. FindArticles.com. 13 July 1998. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Retired Numbers. Pacifictigers.cstv.com. Retrieved on 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Matt (27 June 2012). "The Worst No. 1 NBA Draft Picks Ever". ThePostGame. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Celtics@Timberwolves recap Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Sports.yahoo.com (30 January 2006). Retrieved on 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ CNNSI.com – SI Online – Marty Burns – Inside the NBA – Marty Burns: Free agents may be disappointed – Tuesday July 02, 2002 10:58 am Archived 12 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Quicktime.cnnsi.com (2 July 2002). Retrieved on 2 January 2012.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Alex Caine (2016-04-28). "Top 15 Biggest Disappointments In NBA History". TheRichest. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Top NBA draft busts of all time". NBC Sports. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 

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