Kareem Abdul- Jabbar was formerly known as Fredrick Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. before he embraced Islam as his religion. He played with the Los Angeles Lakers as a center in the NBA.
Abdul- Jabbar went to the St. Jude School in Inwood where he played for the Power Memorial Academy. He won the New York City Catholic Championships for the Power Memorial Academy three times in a row. Abdul- Jabbar played for the UCLA Bruins when he attended the University of California, Los Angeles and won several accolades including the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1967 and 1968 and the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1969. He also held several records at the college level including the Highest Career Scoring Average of 26.4 points per game and Highest Season Scoring Average of 29.0 in 1967.
In 1969 Abdul- Jabbar was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks after he declined a $1 million offer from the Harlem Globetrotters. The New York Nets who were then with the American Basketball Association also expressed their interest in Abdul- Jabbar, however he choose to play with the Bucks in the NBA. The same year he was titled the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1970, Abdul- Jabbar obtained his first scoring title with a score of 31.7 points per game and was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player for the first time. In 1971 the Bucks won the NBA Championship and Abdul- Jabbar won the Finals MVP. He went on to win the MVP six times. 1975, Abdul- Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. It was with the Lakers that Abdul- Jabbar started wearing his well known goggles as he had developed corneal erosion syndrome over the years. The Lakers went on to be the most dominating teams of the 1980