Mohammed with the Oklahoma City Thunder
September 5, 1977 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Kenwood Academy
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|Number||14, 2, 13, 6, 8, 48|
|2004–2005||New York Knicks|
|2005–2006||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011–2012||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (pronounced NAH-zee; born September 5, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played the center position.
The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy and graduated in 1995. Mohammed entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1995 at a hefty 315 pounds, and saw little playing time during their NCAA Championship season. After slimming down for his sophomore year, Mohammed shared the starting center spot with Jamaal Magloire and was a key contributor in 1997, when the Wildcats were runners-up to Arizona. Mohammed once again shared the starting post position with Magloire in 1998, and once again they brought the NCAA Championship home to Kentucky, for the second time in three years.
After his junior year, Mohammed decided to enter the 1998 NBA draft. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round, as the 29th pick overall. Utah traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first round pick, which turned out to be Quincy Lewis in the 1999 NBA draft. He spent two and a half seasons in Philadelphia, traded in February 2001 to the Atlanta Hawks along with an injured Theo Ratliff in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo. On November 5, 2001, he scored a career-high 30 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. He played for the Hawks through the middle of the 2003–04 season, at which point he was traded to the New York Knicks.
Mohammed split the 2004–05 season between the Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs (who acquired him in a trade for Malik Rose). In a combined 77 games for both teams, he averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He won his first and only championship in 2005 with the Spurs as a member of their starting lineup.
During his second season in San Antonio, Mohammed shared the starting center position with Rasho Nesterovič, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season. On March 17, 2006, he tied his career-high of 30 points against the Phoenix Suns. He was a key contributor to the team's first round series victory over the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.0 points per game and nailing his second career three-point basket late in Game 1. Mohammed, however, played sparingly in the team's second round series loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, he turned down a four-year contract extension and did not return to the Spurs. In July 2006, he signed with the Detroit Pistons and became their starting center. After beginning the season in the starting five, the arrival of Chris Webber on January 16, 2007 made him gradually fall out of the team's rotation, the culmination being his 5 minutes in two postseason contests. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 51 games (33 starts), with about 15 minutes of action per game.
On February 24, 2011, Mohammed was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while forward D. J. White and guard Morris Peterson were sent to the Charlotte Bobcats. He reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat 4 games to 1.
On July 27, 2012, Mohammed signed with the Chicago Bulls. On May 10, 2013, he was involved in an altercation with LeBron James in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. James was called for a technical foul for tying up with Mohammed in transition; Mohammed retaliated by shoving James which followed with Mohammed being ejected.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Nazr Mohammed Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
- Hawks vs. Clippers
- Mohammed Dominates Inside, Spurs Top Suns
- Parker scores 25 as Spurs demolish Kings in Game 1
- Bobcats acquire Mohammed from Pistons for Brezec, Herrmann
- OKC Thunder trade for Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed
- BULLS SIGN FREE AGENT CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED
- BULLS RE-SIGN CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED
- BULLS RE-SIGN CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED
- NBA stars, legends shine as Team World rallies to beat Team Africa
- NBA: NAZR MOHAMMED RETIRES FROM THE NBA
- Mohammed Is Having an All-Star Season
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA.com profile
- Kentucky Wildcats bio at the Wayback Machine (archived November 11, 1999)