Abdul Wahad, Tariq

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Tariq Abdul-Wahad (born November 3, 1974 in Maisons-Alfort, Val-de-Marne, France) is a professional basketball player.

Abdul-Wahad was born with the name Olivier Michael Saint-Jean in France, changing his name after converting to Islam. He is the first player to be born and raised in that nation and play in the NBA. Tariq first played college ball at Michigan, but later transferred to San Jose State, and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 1998. He is known as a defensive specialist, but his playing time has been restricted in recent seasons due to injuries and has only played in 236 out of 788 games. As of 2005 Tariq is currently on the Dallas Mavericks roster (on injured reserve).