NBA Players You Should Know: Former Bulls, Knicks and Lakers Center Jawann Oldham

Jawann Oldham was a double-double machine in Seattle University before he got drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the late second round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He didn't even stay there too long (four games) so he ended up toiling around the Continental Basketball Association. The Houston Rockets picked him up the season after and he didn't have a long stay there, either.

Oldham did stick with the Chicago Bulls for four years. He became Michael Jordan's teammate for two seasons. Oldham's finest season came in his last season as a Chicago Bull (1985-86), when he started 47 of the 52 games he played. Oldham averaged 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and an outstanding 2.6 blocks per game (which was good for 6th in the league that season). Before the 1986-87 season started, he got traded to New York Knicks for a first-round draft pick that turned out to be Olden Polynice. Polynice then got traded for the draft rights to Scottie Pippen.

After a season with the Knicks, he spent one season with Sacramento. Then from 1989-91, he only played 10 more NBA games, with stints in Orlando, the Lakers, and Indiana. He then finished his professional basketball career overseas and the CBA.

Oldham said that he and Joe Bryant (yes, Kobe's father) that they set up the first professional basketball league in Japan. He also said that he won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1979 at Mexico City even though I have no idea how that happened (thanks to Mike Ullman for looking it up but it was actually the World Championships that he won the gold medal). Anyway, he was last known to be serving as the director of the Basketball Academy of Dubai.

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