Shaquille O'Neal Retires: Power Ranking O'Neal's on-Court Nemeses
Shaquille O'Neal's Legacy:
- 28,596 points and 23.7 PPG
- 13,099 rebounds and 10.9 RPG
- .582 career field goal percentage
A .478 free throw percentage, too. Maybe time will erase that.
We will also remember O'Neal for his on-court battles and nemeses that stood between the Man of Steel and the NBA Finals hardware.
Here is the cream of the crop of the players that had memorable moments against Shaq Daddy.
6. Scot Pollard
For three straight playoffs, from 1999 to 2002, Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles had met the Sacramento Kings in the playoffs. There were many memorable moments during those series.
When called upon, Scot Pollard took on the brunt of O’Neal’s punishment, but to no avail.
5. Charles Barkley
Never one to back down from a challenge or be outplayed by a bigger opponent, Charles Barkley could dish it out with the best of them.
On November 10, 1999, Shaq and Sir Charles met for a fight for the ages.
4. Brad Miller
Brad Miller might have had only one memorable moment against Shaquille O’Neal while playing with the Chicago Bulls, but what a memorable moment it was. Afterward, every O’Neal-Miller matchup was watched with the anticipation of the continuation of the meeting in Chicago.
The Sacramento Kings could’ve used Miller in one of their series against the Lakers.
3. Arvydas Sabonis
Probably one of the few players that could stand toe-to-toe with Shaquille O’Neal, Arvydas Sabonis was with the Portland Trail Blazers for a memorable stretch of playoff series that tested the Lakers in each of their playoff runs from 1999 to 2002.
2. Vlade Divac
Just the like Portland TrailBlazers, Shaq and the Los Angeles Lakers met the Sacramento Kings every playoff from 1999 to 2002.
The second Sacramento Kings player on this list, Vlade Divac, was the starting center of a Kings squad that met the Lakers for three epic playoff showdowns from 1999 to 2002, which culmnated in the 2002 Western Conference Finals showdown that went to a deciding Game 7.
1. Hakeem Olajuwon
The Houston Rockets could be credited with putting Shaquille O’Neal on a path to numerous NBA championships. And if it wasn’t for Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets picking apart O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals, O’Neal might have never left for the bright lights of Los Angeles and earned his championship rings.
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