Thursday, March 2, 2017

Who is the G.O.A.T - NBA Edition Part 8

Shaquille O'Neal

Next up in the series is "The Big Aristotle", "Diesel", "Superman", "The Big Cactus", "The Big Shamrock", "Shaq" Shaquille O'Neal.

Current Ranks

Regular Season 

Games Played - 35th with 1207
Minutes Played - 24th with 41918
Field Goals - 6th with 11330
FG % - 5th with .582
Total Rebounds - 14th with 13099
Blocks - 8th with 2732
Assists - 196th  with 3026
Points - 7th with 28596


Games Played - 6th with 216
Minutes Played - 6th with 8098
Field Goals - 3rd with 2041
FG % - 5th with .563
Total Rebounds - 4th with 2508
Blocks - 4th with 459
Assists - 41st with 582
Points - 5th with 5250


4x NBA Champion
3x NBA Finals MVP
15x NBA All-Star
3x NBA All-Star Game MVP
8x All-NBA First Team
2x All-NBA Second Team 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
2X NBA Scoring Champion
1x National College Player of the Year 
1x Olympic Medalist 

Shaq played on 6 teams in his 19-year career which included the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He went to LSU where he was a 2-time All-American and National Player of the Year. After LSU Shaq was drafted 1st overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic where he became Rookie of the Year, 4-time NBA All-Star, 3 playoff appearances and 1 NBA Final appearance. In 1996 he joined the Los Angeles Lakers which turned out to be the best move of his career. O'Neal would go on to win his only MVP along with 3 championships while teaming up with Kobe Bryant. After a 2003 finals loss, the Lakers tried to make a super team which included Karl Malone and Gary Payton to go along with Shaq and Kobe. The Lakers went on to lose to the Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals which led to him getting traded to the Miami Heat. In 2006 while playing with Dwayne Wade, Shaq would capture his 4th NBA Championship. After that, he became a journeyman in a 5-year span that seen him join 4 different teams. Shaq was on of the biggest, powerful and most dominant forces down low and to ever play the game of basketball.  He dominated with pure power and footwork, but is Shaq the G.O.A.T?

No comments:

Post a Comment