Shaquille O’Neal reacts to landing at No. 6 in all-time player rankings
A new all-time player ranking rundown was just released, and Shaquille O’Neal is clearly honored by how high he landed on the list.
Bleacher Report recently rolled out its “All-Time Player Rankings,” and O’Neal came in at No. 6. Shaq took to Twitter on Thursday to express gratitude for the recognition of his place among the all-time greatest players in NBA history.
Thank you @BleacherReport https://t.co/ZuplqOeq7a— SHAQ (@SHAQ) September 26, 2019
O’Neal’s bona fides are laid out in part as follows in his No. 6 profile.
Over the course of his first seven playoff runs with the Los Angeles Lakers (100 games), O’Neal averaged 29.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks. During the Lakers’ three-peat, he averaged 35.9 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.9 blocks in 15 Finals games.
During the 2000 Finals alone, he put up 38.0 points, 16.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 assists on the way to his first title.
Shaq’s regular-season numbers are ridiculous, but getting better as the stakes grew bigger puts him above almost every other center in league history.
Coming in ahead of O’Neal in ascending order to No. 1 were Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. It’s a reasonable guess that Shaq Fu has no issue coming up just behind those iconic legends … except for maybe LeBron. O’Neal conceivably could have problems with that one.
What’s more, O’Neal is likely thrilled he came in eight spots ahead of Kobe Bryant (No. 14), as the two Los Angeles Lakers teammates continue to enjoy a fierce-but-friendly rivalry even with their playing days in the past.