Birthplace: Gulfport, MS
NBA Seasons: 9
After helping the 3-Headed Monsters reach the BIG3 title game last season, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was named a co-captain for 2018. Abdul-Rauf finished 10th in the BIG3 in scoring (13.4 points per game) and was tied for second in both assists (22) and steals (6). One of the league’s clutch shooters, he hit two game-winning shots during the regular season and had a game-high 22 points in a losing effort in the BIG3 Championship Game.
Abdul-Rauf was taken with the third overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He twice led the league in free throw percentage and in 1993 he was named NBA Most Improved Player. In 586 career games, he averaged 14.6 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Converting to Islam and changing his name in 1991, Abdul-Rauf’s given name was Chris Jackson. As a standout player at LSU, Jackson was the SEC Player of the Year as a freshman in 1989, when he set several freshman scoring records, and again in 1990. He earned first-team All-America honors both years as well.