Ballin’: Olajuwon Dominates Robinson

» August 26, 2008 3:45 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

In 1995, David Robinson led the San Antonio Spurs to a league best 62 regular season wins.  Robinson averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and shot 53% from the field in his MVP season.  Feeling he had been slighted after averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks that year, Hakeem Olajuwon set out to prove who the real MVP was in the Western Conference Finals.  Olajuwon scored more than 40 points three times and averaged 35.3 points to Robinson’s 25.5.  In the sixth and deciding game, Olajuwon exploded for 38 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 assists.  Robinson scored 19 points and 6-of-17 from the field in the loss.


7 Responses to “Ballin’: Olajuwon Dominates Robinson”

  1. Mo Sweat Says:

    This series was my favorite Western conference finals of all-time, Olajuwon show us who was the real MVP.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Mo,

    Glad you enjoyed it. I’m of the opinion that no player has played at a higher level than Olajuwon in 1994. Hakeem was MVP, DPOY, and Finals MVP.

  3. Claudio Says:

    Don’t remind me of this. I’m a lifelong spurs fan and was devastated by this.

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  4. xphoenix87 Says:

    I’ve long held that Hakeem is the greatest center of the modern era and highly under-appreciated by the public as a whole. He wasn’t as consistently dominant offensively as Shaq or Kareem, but he was, IMO, the greatest defensive player of the modern era. There’s never been another center with his combination of length, explosiveness, and incredible quickness for a big guy.

  5. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Claudio,

    I feel for you. But getting dominated by the one of the top five centers of all-time is nothing to be ashamed of.

  6. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    xphoenix87,

    It’s hard to place Hakeem over Shaquille now that Shaq owns four rings. And it’s next to impossible to place the Dream over Jabbar because of his ring total and longevity of excellence.

    But no center past or present can touch Hakeem’s 1994 season.

  7. xphoenix87 Says:

    Shaq got killed by Hakeem in the NBA finals.

    I don’t set a lot of store by rings. Hakeem may have less than Shaq and Kareem, but Hakeem never played with anyone near the caliber of Magic or Kobe.

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