|Born||April 17, 1973|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Demopolis (Demopolis, Alabama)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|2004–2006||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2009–2010||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010–2011||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||5,809 (7.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,596 (5.7 rpg)|
|Block||1,968 (2.4 bpg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Theophalus Curtis Ratliff (born April 17, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Primarily a center, he was widely regarded as an excellent shot-blocker and led the league three times in blocks per game. As of 2020, he was ranked 20th all-time in career blocks.
At Wyoming, Ratliff had a successful career, finishing as the career leader in blocked shots. He accumulated 425 blocked shots in his career as a Cowboy, a record that still stands today. Ratliff was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
Ratliff was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, for whom he played 2½ seasons. During the 1997–98 season he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Aaron McKie, in a package for Eric Montross and Jerry Stackhouse. That season, on March 22, 1998, Ratliff scored a career-high 27 points during a 108-90 loss against the Boston Celtics.
He played in Philadelphia for three seasons, and was voted Eastern Conference reserve center of the 2001 All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to injury. He was a key fixture on the 2000–01 Sixers team that would eventually make it to the NBA finals, but an injured Ratliff was dealt at the trade deadline on February 22 to the Atlanta Hawks for Dikembe Mutombo.
He missed most of the next season due to injury, but rebounded to post 262 blocks the next year with the Hawks. His best year as a pro was 2003–04, when he recorded a league-leading 307 blocked shots in total. During that season he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Dan Dickau, for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. After the trade, he averaged a career-high 4.4 blocks per game to finish the season. After the 2004 season, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Blazers but was not as effective in 2004–05 and lost his starting job to Joel Przybilla midway through the schedule.
In June 2006, the Boston Celtics acquired Ratliff along with Sebastian Telfair from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the draft rights of Randy Foye, power forward–center Raef LaFrentz, and point guard Dan Dickau.
In July 2007, he was traded along with Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett. In February 2008 Ratliff was waived by the Timberwolves, and he rejoined the Detroit Pistons in March.
Ratliff returned to the Philadelphia 76ers for 2008–09 season. In the offseason he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. In February 2010, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a projected second round draft pick in 2016.
In December 2011, Ratliff retired from basketball.
Awards and honors
Ratliff won numerous awards during his career. The following are some of his collegiate achievements:
- First Team All-Western Athletic Conference (1994, 1995)
- Inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame (2005)
Personal life and business ventures
Ratliff played basketball at Demopolis High School in Demopolis, Alabama, and later graduated from the University of Wyoming. He created The Theo Ratliff Center in Demopolis, Alabama which is a recreation center with a basketball court.
Ratliff was the owner of the Rome Gladiators basketball team.
In 2020, Ratliff wrote and published "Theo The Hero", a children’s book on how to deal with bullying.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|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|
|*||Led the league|
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of National Basketball Association annual blocks leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders
- "Theo Ratliff Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
- ESPN.com - All-Time Leaders-Blocks
- "History & Records 2013-2014" (PDF).
- "Cowboy Hoops All-Century Team Announced". December 16, 2004. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013.
- Theo Ratliff Transactions
- Theo Ratliff
- "Four selected for first All-Star Game". ESPN. January 31, 2001. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
- "Trail Blazers Acquire Two All-Stars From Atlanta". NBA.com. February 9, 2004. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- Theo Ratliff Per Game Stats
- "Celtics Acquire Telfair and Ratliff". NBA.com. June 28, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Wolves Acquire Five Players and Picks for KG". NBA.com. July 30, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Wolves Waive Theo Ratliff". NBA.com. February 29, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Pistons Sign Center Theo Ratliff". NBA.com. March 4, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Former All-Star Center Theo Ratliff Returns to Sixers". NBA.com. August 20, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Spurs Sign Theo Ratliff". NBA.com. July 25, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- "Bobcats acquire Theo Ratliff from Spurs". NBA.com. February 18, 2010. Archived from the original on February 19, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- "LAKERS SIGN THEO RATLIFF". NBA.com. July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
- Bob Hammond."Success story". Laramie Boomerang. January 18, 2012. Retrieved on January 21, 2012.
- Former NBA All-Star Theo Ratliff talks Allen Iverson and bullying