Shareef Abdur-Rahim (born December 11, 1976) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was also the director of player personnel for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ minor-league affiliate. He last played in the NBA for the Kings. On the basketball court, he played both forward or center positions. Abdur-Rahim was a standout player during his high school days. He left University of California, Berkeley after one year to enter the 1996 NBA Draft.
Abdur-Rahim was selected third overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1996 Draft, behind Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby. He made an immediate impact playing for the Grizzlies, becoming the team’s leading scorer while setting a franchise record of 18.7 ppg. He also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35 minutes per game. He finished third in balloting for the Schick NBA Rookie of the Year behind Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Minnesota’s Stephon Marbury, and he was picked for the All-Rookie First Team. By the end of the 1996–97 season, Abdur-Rahim led the team in scoring on 33 occasions, rebounding on 23 occasions. He was traded by the Grizzlies in 2001 and then played for the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers before joining his last team, the Sacramento Kings. Nicknamed “Reef”, Abdur-Rahim was named an NBA All-Star in the 2001–02 season. He also played on the United States men’s national basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Prior to joining the Kings, despite the fact that he achieved solid statistics throughout his career, Abdur-Rahim shared the NBA record for most number of games played without making a playoff appearance. Following persistent injuries to his right knee, Abdur-Rahim announced his retirement from basketball on September 22, 2008.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (2002)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)
Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (1996)
Pac-12 Player of the Year (1996)
First-team All-Pac-10 (1996)
Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 1994 Santa Rosa Team