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
Matt Haarms BYU
Mark Williams Duke
Kofi Cockburn Illinois
Luka Garza Iowa
Olivier Sarr Kentucky
Ahsan Asadullah Lipscomb
Cameron Krutwig Loyola Chicago
Mousa Cisse Memphis
Liam Robbins Minnesota
Armando Bacot North Carolina
Walker Kessler North Carolina
Trevion Williams Purdue
Grant Golden Richmond
Evan Mobley USC
Neemias Queta Utah State
Jay Huff Virginia
Derek Culver West Virginia
Charles Bassey Western Kentucky
Micah Potter Wisconsin
Loudon Love Wright State

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
2020 Luka Garza 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