Theophilus Curtis Ratliff (born April 17, 1973 in Demopolis, Alabama) is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He primarily plays the center position, and is known as an excellent shot-blocker.
Ratliff player basketball at Demopolis High School; and later attended college at the University of Wyoming for four years. He was selected with the 18th pick of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, and played with the Pistons for 2 1/2 years. In the 1998-99 season he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in Philadelphia for 3 seasons, and was voted Eastern Conference starting center of 2001 All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to injury. He was a key fixture on the 2000-2001 team that made it to the NBA finals; unfortunately it was without Ratliff who was traded at the trading deadline to the Atlanta Hawks for Dikembe Mutombo. He missed most of the next season due to injury, but rebounded to post 262 blocks the next year with the Hawks. In the 2003-2004 season (his best year as a pro), he recorded a league-leading 307 blocked shots; despite a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Dan Dickau for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. After the 2004 season, he signed a lengthy contract with the Blazers; however was not as effective in 2004-2005 as he had been the previous season. As a result, midway through the season, he lost his starting job to Joel Przybilla. Ratliff remains under contract with the Trail Blazers.