The 18th player picked in the 1995 NBA Draft, Theo Ratliff established himself as one of the NBA’s premier shot blockers during his basketball career. After ranking 19th in the NBA in shot blocking during his first two seasons at 1.55 and 1.46 bpg, he climbed to 4th in the league in rejections in 1997-98, swatting away 3.15 shots per game in a season split between Detroit and Philadelphia. He ranked 3rd in the NBA in shot blocking in 1998-99 at 2.98 bpg as the Sixers made the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, and was 4th at 3.00 bpg in 1999-2000.
He was the only player to start all 50 games for the Sixers in 1998-99 and led the team in rebounding at 8.1 rpg (20th in the NBA) as well as shot blocking, and was third in scoring at 11.2 ppg. Although he missed 25 games due to a stress fracture of his left ankle, he again led the Sixers in shot blocking in 1999-2000 and was the team’s third-leading rebounder and fourth leading scorer. While Theo was recovering from his injury, he was introduced the Youngevity products and has been using them since in order to insure his continued excellent health and to get a “competitive edge,” vitally important to professional athletes.
In 2010, Theo appeared in 49 games and started 29 of those games with San Antonio and Charlotte, averaging 3.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.24 blocks in 16.4 minutes. He was acquired by the Bobcats and started 26-of-28 games with Charlotte, averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.54 blocks. He’s ranked 12th among league leaders in blocks per 48 minutes, scored in double-figures six times, totaled 10+ rebounds once, recorded 3+ blocks in eight games, scored a season-high 11 points against Golden State, totaled a season-high 11 rebounds and three blocks against Washington and posted a season-high four blocked shots against Minnesota. In July, 2010 he was signed to a 1-year deal by the Los Angeles Lakers and retired in December of 2011.
In August of 2012, Theo founded and funded, along with other local, public, and private entities, The Ratliff Activity Center in his hometown of Demopolis, Alabama. Theo’s goal with this center was to provide the community with a center for recreation and a variety of social support programs that include: tutoring and after school programs, parenting programs, early intervention programs, anti-tobacco programs, and exercise and aerobics classes just to name a few. In addition to his numerous community programs and other activities, Theo also serves on the Youngevity Athletic Advisory Board.
Theo continues to promote and be the face of the Rebound fx™ line of products.
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