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Shaquille O'Neal

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Shaquille ONeal
There is a lot that can be criticized about Shaquille O’Neal in terms of his desire to play at his top capacity, but it cannot be disputed that even an unmotivated Shaq was among the best of his day. It was not just his skill, but his immense size. When motivated, he was unstoppable, and he is a four time NBA Champion and former League MVP (not to mention a three time NBA Finals MVP). A 15 (yes 15) time All Star, Shaq may be have deserved some of the criticism he got, but is there any real doubt that this man belongs in the Hall of Fame?   He should easily enter on the first ballot.


 

The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Eligible In:
2017

Position:
Center

Played for:
Orlando Magic
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Phoenix Suns
Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics

College:
LSU

Drafted:
1st Round, 1st Overall in 1992

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA MVP (1) (1999-2000)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1992-93)
NBA Finals MVP (3) (1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
NBA All Star Game MVP (3) (2000, 2003 & 2009)
NBA All Star Teams (15) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009)
First Team All NBA Selection (8) (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06)
Second Team All NBA Selection (2) (1994-95 & 1998-99)
Third Team All NBA Selection (4) (1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 2008-09)
NBA Second Team All-Defensive Team Selection (3) (1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2002-03)
Most Field Goals: (5) (1993-94, 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-2000 & 2000-01)
Most Points (3) (1994-95, 1998-99 & 1999-2000)
Highest Field Goal Percentage (10) (1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2008-09)
Highest Points Per Game (2) (1994-95 & 1999-2000)
Championship Rings: (4) (Los Angeles Lakers, 1999-2000, 2000-01 & 2001-02 & Miami Heat 2005-06)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1993-94 & 1999-2000)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (10) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 & 2004-05)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (8) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 & 2002-03)
Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (9) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2004-05)
Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (5) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1999-2000 & 2000-01)
Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (8) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03 & 2004-05)
Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (8) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2004-05)
Top Ten Finishes: Points (9) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1997-98. 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 & 2002-03)
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (16) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08 & 2008-09)
Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (10) (1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02 & 2002-03)

Notable All Time Rankings:
1.   Field Goal Percentage: .582
6.   Field Goals: 11,330
7.   Offensive Rebounds: 4,209
8.   Points: 28,956
8.   Blocks: 2,732
9.   Defensive Rebounds: 8,890
14. Rebounds: 13,099
21. Minutes Played: 41,918
22. Free Throws: 5,935
22. Points Per Game: 23.7
28. Games Played: 1,207

Should Shaquille O'Neill be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 66.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 33.3%
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+2 #1 Bruno Buckeye 2013-09-18 17:42
One of the best Centers of all time!
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