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Shaq in black. How could anyone forget the time The Diesel spent in Miami?
He promised Heat fans a championship and, along with Dwyane Wade, did succeed in bringing the first one to American Airlines Arena.
So, how ever could Shaq be one of the most overrated Miami Heat players of all-time?
Well, it's no secret that he was past his prime years when he was traded from L.A., and although he was still a dominant force in the league, he was also very injury-prone and much less athletic than the Shaq we saw catching alley-oops from Kobe as a Laker.
Let's take a look at the statistics. In Miami's 2005-2006 season, Wade scored 2,040 points, Shaq scored 1,181 and Antoine Walker scored 1,000 exactly.
As you can see, it was clearly Wade's team, and more importantly, Shaq only managed to score 181 more points than Walker. Yes, the shimmy man.
In the playoffs, when it matters most, Wade accumulated 200 minutes more while also scoring over 200 points more than Shaq.
All the while, Walker was more of a consistent second option throughout the whole year. Oh, and did I mention Superman shot 37 percent during the playoffs?
Now, I'm not trying to take anything away from Shaq. He's a great player, one of the most dominant forces the league has ever seen.
But too much credit is given to him as the savior the Heat were looking for instead of the last piece to a team ready to contend. Anybody who talks about that 2006 NBA Finals series between the Mavericks and Heat talk about Dwyane Wade and the way he carried and propelled Miami to in the last four games of the series.
Breaking it down even further, Shaq was injured during the playoffs, missed some games and didn't really show up down the stretch for Miami.
Although Shaq was getting paid six times more than Wade, it's not hard to decipher who Miami's million-dollar player was.