The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

The world may never again see an athlete dominate basketball for as long and as thoroughly as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From the time he stepped on the court as Lewis Alcindor at Power Memorial High School in his native New York City, to the years he owned college basketball at UCLA to the time he retired as the NBA's all-time leader in nine statistical categories including the most points in NBA history, the 7-foot-2 superstar established himself as one of basketball's most talented and recognizable figures. Abdul-Jabbar's trademark skyhook was so precise and unstoppable it left defenders helpless. While one of Abdul-Jabbar's signature maneuvers, it is now widely considered basketball's most classic and lethal offensive move. Abdul-Jabbar brought finesse and agility to the center position, two traits he substituted for brute force and strength. He was the kind of player who graces a sport once in a lifetime. Past Winners

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Player Name School
Charles Bediako Alabama
Oumar Ballo Arizona
PJ Hall Clemson
Ryan Kalkbrenner Creighton
Dereck Lively II Duke
Colin Castleton Florida
Osun Osunniyi Iowa State
Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky
Hunter Dickinson Michigan
Armando Bacot North Carolina
Moussa Cissé Oklahoma State
Kel'el Ware Oregon
Zach Edey Purdue
Clifford Omoruyi Rutgers
Fardaws Aimaq Texas Tech
Adem Bona UCLA
Adama Sanogo UConn
Branden Carlson Utah
Jamarion Sharp Western Kentucky
Jack Nunge Xavier

Kareem's Career Highlights

College
  • UCLA (1966-69)
College Playing Highlights
  • Three NCAA Championships with UCLA, 1967-69
  • National College Player of the Year, 1967, 1969
  • 1st Team All-America, 1967-69
  • NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 1967-69
Pro
  • Milwaulkee Bucks (1969-75)
  • Las Angeles Lakers (1975-89)
Pro Playing Highlights
  • NBA Championship with Milwaukee Bucks, 1971
  • NBA Championship with Los Angeles Lakers, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88
  • NBA MVP, 1971-72, 1974, 1976-77, 1980
  • All-NBA First Team, 1971-74, 1976-77, 1980
  • All-Defensive First Team, 1974-75, 1979-81
  • Rookie of the Year, 1970
  • 19 Time All-Star
  • One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Past Winners

Year Player Name School
2022 Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky
2021 Luka Garza University of Iowa
2020 Luka Garza University of Iowa
2019 Ethan Happ University of Wisconsin
2018 Angel Delgado Seton Hall University
2017 Przemek Karnowski Gonzaga University
2016 Jakob Poeltl University of Utah
2015 Frank Kaminsky University of Wisconsin