During his career (19 years), Shaq played against some of the greatest centers in NBA history: Hakeem, Ewing, Robinson or Mutombo. In Orlando, Shaq was not as big as his prime with the Lakers, so he could run & jump like Kevin Garnett. I remember some coast to coast monster dunks with the Magic stripes jersey and I know you too!
The Los Angeles Lakers struggled in the 90s so they signed Shaq to try to get back at the top like in the 80s with Kareem & Magic. The Lakers tried to duplicate it with Shaq & Kobe. It was tough at the beginning and the Lakers signed the 6-time Champion with the Bulls Phil Jackson in the fall of the 90s. Everybody knows the following. The offense is based on a bulldozer named Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq took all the pressure on his shoulder and created space for another future Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant. The Lakers won 3 Championships in a row (2000, 2001 & 2002). Superman was dominant like anybody in the NBA Finals.
- 4x NBA Champion
- 3x NBA Finals MVP
- 1x NBA Most Valuable Player
- 15x All-Star
- 3x All-Star MVP
- 2x NBA Scoring Champion
- 8x All-NBA First Team
- 2x All-NBA Second Team
- 4x All-NBA Third Team
- 3x All-Defensive Second Team
- Rookie Of The Year (1993)
Shaq is the most dominant player in NBA history. From 2000 to 2002, He was simply unstoppable. Let’s take a look on his NBA Finals performances during that period :
2000 Finals : 38.0 PPG, 16.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.7 BPG, 61.1% FG
2001 Finals : 33.0 PPG, 15.8 RPG, 4.8 APG, 3.4 BPG, 57.3% FG
2002 Finals : 36.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.8 BPG, 59.5% FG
This is simply amazing! That’s what we call domination.
If you take a look on his career & NBA Finals statistics, you would see how Shaq elevated his game during the greatest games a basketball player could ever play.
- Career : 23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.2 BPG, 58.2% FG
- Finals : 28.8 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.1 BPG, 60.2% FG
This is how you dominate & win 4 championships.