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  • Date of birth
    Dec. 11, 1976 (age 43)
  • Place of birth
    Marietta, Georgia
  • Education
    High school Joseph Wheeler (Marietta, Georgia) College California (1995–1996)
  • Company
    NBA
  • Role
    Player

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Julius Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Basketball Player
Biography

Julius Shareef Abdur-Rahim (born December 11, 1976 in Marietta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player. He currently is a member of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. Rahim played basketball at Wheeler High School where he was named as “Mr. Basketball” in back-to-back seasons, leading the school to a state title as a junior in 1994. He later attended college at the University of California, Berkeley for one year, after which he was drafted into the NBA by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the 3rd pick in 1996. He made an immediate impact on the Grizzlies, becoming their leading scorer, and was clearly the best player on an otherwise dismal team. In 2001, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he remained the premier player for several years. He was selected to the NBA All-Star team in 2002. Abdur-Rahim was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on February 9, 2004, along with Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau, in exchange for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. He played 1 1/2 seasons in Portland before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2004-2005 season. During the 2005 off-season he was traded via a sign and trade agreement (in principle) to the New Jersey Nets, but on August 4, the press conference planned to announce his arrival was postponed, and it was revealed he had failed a required physical on account of scar tissue found in his knee. The trade has been put on hold, pending a second opinion from other medical sources. On August 7th Abdur-Rahim was quoted as saying “I don’t feel I want to be a Net”. He felt the knee was a non issue and claimed he never missed a game in his entire career because of the knee injury. Two days later, it was announced New Jersey had decided to rescind the trade. On August 12, Abdur-Rahim signed a free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings. He is Muslim, and his father is an Imam Shareef Abdur-Rahim is the second eldest sibling in a family of twelve children born to Aminah and William Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim, whose first name means "noble" and whose last name means "Servant of the Most Merciful One, is a devout Muslim. He values his parents for their guiding influence on him since his youth and credits them with his life philosophy: "remember how you came on all your accomplishments and stay humble." From an early age, Abdur-Rahim was surrounded by family members who played basketball; his brother, Muhammad, played at the University of Detroit while his younger brother, Amir, played at Southeastern Louisiana University. Abdur-Rahim himself started playing competitive basketball at Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. At Wheeler, he was named "Mr. Basketball" in back-to-back seasons, and he led the school to a state title as a junior in 1994. Abdur-Rahim later attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he maintained a GPA of 3.5. At California, he averaged 21.1 points per game (ppg) and 8.4 rebounds per game (rpg) in 28 games. He was the first freshman in Pac-10 history to win Conference Player of the Year honors, and was named Third Team All-America by the Associated Press. Also named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Abdur-Rahim set single-season freshman records for points, scoring average, field goals, and free throws. After a year at California however, he decided to leave college to enter the 1996 NBA draft.

Notable works

NBA All-Star (2002) NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997) Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (1996) Pac-10 Player of the Year (1996) First-team All-Pac-10 (1996) Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1996) 2× Mr. Georgia Basketball (1995, 1996)

Personal life

Abdur-Rahim and his wife Delicia have two children: a son, Jabri, and a daughter, Samiyah