Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Career retrospective

Posted 1 day ago  |  By Chris Morgan

You could make the argument that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the most-overlooked basketball player based on his production. That’s incredible, given his significant height and the fact he played in Los Angeles for many years. And yet, we aren’t giving Kareem his due in terms of a truly amazing career in hoops. He’s one of the 10 best players in NBA history, but he doesn’t get talked about as much as other big names, even some lesser players. Let’s give Abdul-Jabbar his much-deserved props now with a look back at his career, which includes some truly impressive post-playing work.

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Lew Alcindor dominates in high school

Lew Alcindor dominates in high school
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Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in New York City, and would be known as Lew Alcindor early in his life. Alcindor was already 6’8’’ by the time he was in middle school, so it is likely not surprising that he was unstoppable in high school. His team went 79-2 in his career and won three league titles. However, Alcindor and company also won the national high school boys title two times and made it to the finals one more time.

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Alcindor goes to UCLA, sets record in debut

Alcindor goes to UCLA, sets record in debut
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After high school, Alcindor went across the country to play for John Wooden at UCLA. Freshman weren’t allowed to play at the time, so Lew didn’t make his debut until he was a sophomore. Then, in his first game he dropped 56 points, a UCLA record.

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