See below for the “NBA Finals Storyboards” of Hakeem Olajuwon. Each and every Finals series he played has been measured, analyzed and charted below. Olajuwon burst onto the scene with an inspiring Finals performance against peak-Larry Bird and the Celtics. Then, he took full advantage of Michael Jordan’s retirement by winning back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995. His performances in those series and playoffs are legendary and absolutely iconic.
These “storyboards” were incredibly FUN for me to assemble, as I learned so much about the players and the teams involved in basketball’s biggest stage. I hope you enjoy reading them! For any questions or comments, tweet me @NBAStatsLab for some fun banter. View from top-to-bottom to see each of his Finals performances in chronological order.
NOTE: I’ve graded each Finals series by calculating the player’s “RINGscore” value. Factoring into this calculation include a player’s box score performance, win/loss result, # of games played, the difficulty of competition, # of times player led a game in stats, the player’s statistical rank over his peers, high-game outputs, and more!
On to the stats and stories of “The Dream”…