O’Neal put up an average of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists a game during his 18 years in the league.
Some of the things he did still stand the test of time and won’t be surpassed any time soon.
Most 30/10 games before turning 25:
97 — Shaq
78 — AD
59 — Giannis
56 — KAT, LeBron pic.twitter.com/o18YgjdPTY
— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 7, 2022
For example, on a list of the most 30-point-10-rebound games before the age of 25, O’Neal leads the pack in the history of the NBA.
He has 97 such games before his 25th birthday.
97 is a lot more than 78 and this shows that being better than Shaq is seemingly impossible.
Superman Flies Again
Today, many people know O’Neal as a TV personality, someone who comments on games or sells products in commercials.
But there was a time when he was the most valued and accomplished player in the NBA.
He is a Hall of Famer, a 15-time All-Star, a two-time scoring champion, a four-time NBA champ, and a three-time Finals MVP.
He was also the 1992-93 Rookie of the Year and was named MVP in the 1999-00 season.
O’Neal’s form of physical play was second-to-none.
There are many great centers in the league right now but few of them are built like – or play like – Shaq.
The big man knew how to put a hurting on other teams and was able to shut down just about any form of offense.
And his 27 points a game say it all.
He really was one of a kind – and still is.