The 15 times NBA All-Star, 4 times NBA Champion and 3 times NBA Finals MVP is none other than Shaquille Rashaun “Shaq” O’neal. At 2.16 m tall and weighing in at 147 kg, Shaq was one of the tallest and heaviest players in the NBA. Throughout his 19 seasons in the NBA, Shaq played for 6 different teams, namely the Los Angeles Lakers.
The NBA Hall of Famer averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists throughout his career. Shaq will always be remembered for his time with the Lakers. After 4 seasons with the Orlando Magic, Shaq joined the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. The 24-year old Shaq was looking to become the most dominant player ever in the NBA when left for the Lakers. He was averaging about 27.2 points per game throughout his time with the Magic’s.
Shaq spent 8 years in the Lakers, of which, 3 of them he won the NBA Championship. Together with the Lakers all time player, Kobe Bryant, Shaq went on to win 3 straight titles from 2000 to 2002. Shaq was able to be free and dominate the paint with Kobe out along the perimeter handling some of the scoring load. Shaq was unstoppable in the paint. He averaged 27.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during the three seasons Lakers won their 3-peat. There was almost no way anyone could stop this monster in the paint. It was often said that the only thing that could stop Shaq was time.
After 8 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaq left for the Miami Heats. Shaq continued being a dominant force in the paint and still managed to put up some good numbers. Although his time in Miami is nothing compared to his prime days with the Lakers, he was still able to lead the Heats to their first ever title in 2006 with Dwayne Wade.
Shaq is by far one of the strongest and most dominant players in the NBA history. In his rookie season with the Orlando Magic, Shaq got the ball in the paint, took a dribble and slammed it in. The entire stadium was stunned. They have never seen a player dunking the ball with such force till he brought down the entire backboard. That was the beginning of Shaq’s dominance in the league. He went on to be one of the greatest Centers in NBA history.