Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Player

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Full Name
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
Apr 16, 1947
7′ 2″
Net Worth


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. on April 16, 1947 in New York City. He is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, he won six NBA championships and was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Abdul-Jabbar attended Power Memorial Academy in New York where he was a star athlete and earned national recognition for his basketball skills. In 1965, he led Power Memorial to its second consecutive Catholic High School Athletic Association championship and was named Parade Magazine's High School Player of the Year. He then went on to attend UCLA, where he played under legendary coach John Wooden and was part of three NCAA championship teams from 1966 to 1969. As an amateur, he also represented the United States at the 1967 Pan American Games and 1968 Summer Olympics, both times winning gold medals.

Abdul-Jabbar entered the NBA draft after his college career ended in 1969 and was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1975, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he stayed for 14 seasons until 1989 when he retired as the league's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points scored. After retirement, Abdul-Jabbar continued working as a coach and ambassador for various causes including HIV/AIDS awareness, education reform, racial equality and youth programs. He has been inducted into several halls of fame including Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1995) and FIBA Hall of Fame (2007).

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1947</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 16, 1947, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in New York City.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1964</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Attends Power Memorial Academy</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abdul-Jabbar attends Power Memorial Academy, a Catholic high school in Manhattan, where he leads the team to 71 consecutive wins and three city championships.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins NCAA Championship and MVP Title</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads UCLA to the NCAA championship title and earns the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Pick in NBA Draft</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abdul-Jabbar is selected first overall in the 1969 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1971</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Named NBA Rookie of the Year</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Kareem is named the NBA Rookie of the Year after leading the Bucks to the playoffs.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins First Of Six NBA Championships</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leads the Bucks to their first championship title after defeating the Boston Celtics in the 1975 NBA Finals.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retires After 20 Years In The NBA</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abdul-Jabbar retires from the NBA after playing for 20 seasons and winning six championship titles.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Legend</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a basketball legend. He is one of the greatest players of all time and holds the record for most career points scored. He was also an NBA MVP, 6 time NBA champion and Hall of Fame inductee.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His Activism</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a vocal advocate for social justice and civil rights issues throughout his career. He has used his platform to speak up for those who are marginalized and underrepresented in society.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Humility</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Despite his immense success, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remains humble. He is always willing to give back to the community and help others achieve their goals. He is an example of true greatness in sports and beyond.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Highest NBA Scorer of All Time</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading scorer in the NBA with 38,387 total points scored.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Most Valuable Player Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six Most Valuable Player awards, the most in NBA history.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Best Selling Author</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has authored or coauthored 11 books, including his autobiography "Giant Steps" which was a New York Times bestseller.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Won an Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2018 for his film on Bruce Lee's life and legacy.</p></div>


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