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So I was reading the Shaq Cleare thread about some interview from youtube and started clicking through Shaquille O'Neal highlight videos from the side bar. It made me remember just how much of a freak athlete he was when he broke into the league at 7'1, 300 with <5% BF.
Was he the most dominant player in the NBA of the last 30 years? The way personal fouls were called had to be adjusted across the league just for him. Is there another player that other teams felt so intent on fouling so they couldn't get a shot off because settling for giving up on average a point (52.7% FTs) to him every time? And I'm not talking about the best because we all know how that discussion goes but I'm talking about pure pwnage. Could anyone else dictate the game like Shaq did?
In terms of individual players that were just physically on another level and dominated the game because of it:
Um, it's Michael Jordan
Jeremy Lin, obviously.
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Shaq was unguardable.
Also lazy, frequently out of shape, a FT liability, and a laughably average rebounder relative to his gifts.
MJ averaged 37 points a game one year!
Not really close, imo.
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Did someone say unguardable?
Michael Jordan's spin and one-handed jam over Patrick Ewing.
The Jordan highlights in this video are ridiculous. Especially his behind-the-back dribble pull up J.
Highlights of all the points Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen scored in the famous MJ game where he hit 6 three pointers in the first half along with 35 points in the first half. The Bulls won the game 122-89 and blew out the Blazers in a game where Jordan and Pippen both finished with their scoring totals before the end of the 3rd quarter. Both Jordan and Pippen got double doubles and Pippen almost finished with a triple double. Jordan had 11 assists along with his 39 points while Pippen had 10 assists and 9 rebounds to go with 24 points.
I looked on basketball-reference.com to check what year that was and found this:
Jordan averaged 43.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in a playoff series against the '86 Celtics team that won it all that year. The Bulls got swept in 3 games, but that's unvelievable.
well, he dropped 63 in the Garden in Game 2.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that one.
That means he ONLY averaged 34 points in the other 2 games.
One season Kareem averaged 34.6 pts on 24.9 shots per game (.574 FG%!). Also averaged 16.6 reb and 4.6 ast that season.
People only seem to remember the plodding 80's-Laker version of Kareem(the three dribble back down and a sky hook). During the 70's he put up ridiculous numbers ~(30ppg, 16rpg, 5apg, 4bpg). He was the league MVP 5 times in the 70's. Shaq's best years don't come close to Kareem's.
Do people not know what 30 years means?
The choice is Jordan or Jordan.
Early 00s Shaq was hilariously dominant.
Hogie's right - Kareem was still playing in the last 30 years, but his dominant years were before that. I did the mental math wrong and came up with 2012-1972 = 30.
However, Kareem's top 10 seasons are as good as Jordan's, and his top 5 seasons are better. Kareem won 6 MVP's, including 5 in a 7 season stretch.
Within 30 years, Jordan is the only answer, but Kareem was more dominant than Shaq.
and he would always shoot around 55% from the field. lol!
oh man that's such a great video. i was actually watching that game despite being a dumbfuk 11 year old who didnt know wtf was going on really.
that was such a golden age. and even though its a little bit dated that chicago bulls intro from the 90s is still so badass.
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