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Shaq and his former teammate Dwyane Wade.
C Shaquille O'Neal #36
Weight: 325 lbs
- 18 Total Years
- 4 Years (ORL)
- 8 Years (LAL)
- 3.5 Years (MIA)
- 1.5 Years (PHO)
- 1 Year (CLE)
O'Neal averaged 12.0 points per game while collecting 6.7 rebounds and distributing 1.5 assists per game. He averaged 0.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game.
Offensive Scouting Report
Shaq's offensive game has dropped off in the recent years due to aging. However, in continuing to average double figures in scoring, Shaq has shown he is an offensive threat. The Big Shaqtus has extremely soft hands and in the preseason Rondo seemed to enjoy his presence.
Rondo throws the ball near the basket, Shaq grabs it and either slams it down for the easy dunk or lays the ball in. Shaq's size allows him to continue to body his defender and use his strength in the post. He can still sink the turn around hook shot and can still get under the basket to dunk the ball.
His obvious flaws on offense is his shooting. Shaq should never shoot the ball from long distance and is notorious for being a bad free throw shooter.
Defensive Scouting Report
O'Neal's defensive game has also decreased as time has gone on. Shaq is good at one on one defense and can still block shots. One worry that Celtics fans have is his inability to defend the pick and roll.
On the offensive side of the pick and roll, Shaq is an asset. On the defensive side of the pick and roll, Shaq is an obvious liability. When the offensive big man sets the pick on the Celtics guard, it is Shaq's role to either defend the speedy opposing guard or if the Celtics guard can overcome the screen, Shaq has to continue to guard his man. Shaq is far too slow to adjust and cover the opposing teams guard as he drives to the basket. However, Shaq will be productive on some aspects of defense.
Shaquille O'Neal is a future Hall of Fame basketball player that will go down as one of the best centers to ever play the game. He has four championship rings on his 18-year resume (Shaq has almost been playing for as long as Avery Bradley has been alive).
Shaq is a reserve police officer, rapper, actor, reality television star and star of the video game Shaq Fu. While he is certainly a character, O'Neal is an asset because he can still play, and he has a ton of experience in the regular season and playoffs.
Shaq has been a teammate of elite players like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and most recently Lebron James. He has shown he can play alongside stars similar to players on the Celtics roster and desperately wants another couple rings. Shaq will prove to be a great role player on this team.