Shareef Abdur-Rahim Rumors

Which is why it’s so strange to find him at the top of the leaderboard for rejections of his own shot. It almost sounds like a paradox. It’s not exactly a feat you’d associate with a player who opposing coaches compare to Shaq. Williamson has had his shot blocked 104 times this season, according to NBA Advanced Stats. Not only is that the most in the league, but it’s 33 more than the next player (Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton) on the list. Opponents have swatted 2.1 of his shots per game — the highest frequency among players with at least 41 games played since Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1998-99. Williamson’s pace is the third-highest in the 25 seasons that the NBA has tracked this data.2
“Something that was true in my on-court career and that’s true in business is that you have to trust your instincts,” said Abdur-Rahim, who retired as a player in 2008. “You have to do the work, prepare and be a good teammate. You have to take feedback and listen — but at the end of the day, you have to trust your instincts and go for it. You have to trust yourself. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.”
While Abdur-Rahim appreciates the sentiment, he remains focused on elevating the NBA’s feeder system. Goals include getting a G League affiliate for each of the 30 NBA clubs and making it a global league — a Mexico City G League team is coming next season, for example. He also wants to continue building the Ignite development program into a truly viable destination for draft-eligible players, with not just on-court development but with more resources in education, tuition and branding/career development. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “The potential here is so expansive, and we’re not even close to scratching the surface of what the G League can be.”