Mohammed during his first tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder
September 5, 1977|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|2004–2005||New York Knicks|
|2005–2006||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011–2012||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2016||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 professional basketball player who last played for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Kentucky.
The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy, graduating 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.
Philadelphia 76ers (1998–2001)
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.
Atlanta Hawks (2001–2004)
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.
New York Knicks (2004–2005)
Mohammed spent half of the 2004–05 season with the Knicks.
San Antonio Spurs (2005–2006)
He played for the San Antonio Spurs (who acquired him in a trade for Malik Rose), for the second half of the 2004-05 NBA season. 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 Nesterović, 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.
Detroit Pistons (2006–2007)
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.
Charlotte Bobcats (2007–2011)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2011–2012)
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.
Chicago Bulls (2012–2015)
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.
On August 1, 2015, Mohammed played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. On October 9, 2015, he retired from the NBA.
Return to Oklahoma City (2016)
In March 2016, Mohammed came out of retirement in order to return to the NBA. On March 5, he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, returning to the franchise for a second stint. Four days later, he made his season debut in a 120–108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
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|
Mohammed and his wife, Mandy, have two daughters, Amani and Sanaa, and a son, Nasir. He created The Nazr Mohammed Foundation which is committed to being a charitable member of the global community by supporting a multitude of worthy causes through personal donations, fundraisers, camps, grants and scholarships and in August 2012, his foundation hosted the Kenwood Academy Capital Improvements Fundraiser.
- National Basketball Association portal
- "Nazr Mohammed Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "1998 NBA Draft, First Round". NBA.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Mutombo traded to Sixers in six-player deal". ESPN.com. February 23, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Hawks vs. Clippers". USAToday.com. November 6, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2006.
- "N.Y. gets Thomas, Mohammed; Baker next?". ESPN.com. February 16, 2004. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Knicks land Rose, Taylor, draft picks". ESPN.com. February 24, 2005. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Nazr Mohammed 2004-05 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Spurs Dethrone Pistons To Take Third NBA Title". NBA.com. June 23, 2005. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Nazr Mohammed 2005-06 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Mohammed Dominates Inside, Spurs Top Suns". NBA.com. March 17, 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2006.
- "Parker scores 25 as Spurs demolish Kings in Game 1". ESPN.com. April 22, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2006.
- Rogers, Justin (July 4, 2006). "Pistons sign Nazr Mohammed". MLive.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Nazr Mohammed 2006-07 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "Bobcats acquire Mohammed from Pistons for Brezec, Herrmann". ESPN.com. February 22, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
- Rohde, John (February 24, 2011). "OKC Thunder trade for Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed". NewsOK.com. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
- "Notebook: Heat 121, Thunder 106". NBA.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "BULLS SIGN FREE AGENT CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED". NBA.com. July 27, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
- Swanson, Ben (May 10, 2013). "Nazr Mohammed shoves LeBron James to the ground after foul". SBNation.com. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
- "BULLS RE-SIGN CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED". NBA.com. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
- "BULLS RE-SIGN CENTER NAZR MOHAMMED". NBA.com. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- "NBA stars, legends shine as Team World rallies to beat Team Africa". ESPN.com. August 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- Cantave, Marc (October 9, 2015). "NBA: NAZR MOHAMMED RETIRES FROM THE NBA". SportsBlog.com. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
- Sharania, Shams (March 4, 2016). "Sources: Thunder to sign veteran center Nazr Mohammed". Yahoo.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
- "Thunder Signs Nazr Mohammed". NBA.com. March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
- "Nazr Mohammed signs with Thunder". ESPN.com. March 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
- "Westbrook's huge triple-double leads Thunder past Clippers". NBA.com. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- Beck, Howard (December 31, 2004). "Mohammed Is Having an All-Star Season". NYTimes.com. Retrieved April 1, 2005.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA.com profile
- Kentucky Wildcats bio at the Wayback Machine (archived November 11, 1999)