His shot blocking ability was his forte. He would lead the NBA a hefty five times in swats. His career shots-blocked number, 3,289, currently puts him second on the all-time NBA list. Only Hakeem Olajuwon has more career blocks than Mutombo.
Mutombo would spend five seasons in the Mile-High city, twice scoring over 1,000 points in a season. His next stop would be in Atlanta, where Mutombo signed as a free agent in 1996. While with Atlanta, Mutombo garnered two Defensive Player of the Year awards, as he led the league in blocked shots twice and in rebounds three times.
A trade sent Mutombo to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001, where he would spend a cup of coffee, before spending time in the New York Metro area with both the Nets and the Knicks. He would subsequently establish himself with the Houston Rockets for the final five seasons of his NBA career, retiring at age 42.
- 11,729 points
- 3,289 blocks
- 12,359 rebounds
- 2.8 blocks per game
- 10.3 rebounds per game
- .518 field goal percentage
- 4-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
sources: basketball-reference.com, wikipedia.com