Shaq’s Go to Move: Shaq Attack
Wilt’s Go to Move: Turnaround fade away/finger roll
I had to give a tie for the fifth place spot. Shaq and Wilt were the two most physically imposing figures of their era. Their unmatched size and strength was a BIG reason they were the two most dominating big men to ever play the game.
Both of these guys dominated the league for many years during their career. I did not place either of them higher on the list for post moves because neither of them necessarily had a vast array of post moves. But I could not leave them out either because they might be the two most centers to ever play the game in the low post.
Don’t get me wrong they did have some signature go to moves but they imposed their will with their size, strength, and athletic ability. Shaq and Wilt were very athletic for such large men.
Wilt stood 7’1" and weighed 275 lbs during an era where such large men were few and far between in the NBA. Not only was he large he was extremely athletic for such a big basketball player.
Wilt dominated every aspect of the game and beat players in every way possible. Defense, rebounding, blocking shots, low post, fast break, you name it he was the best at it during his time.
It is hard to say what Wilt would have looked like in today’s game but he would have still been an opposing figure. His turnaround fade away in the post was something that had not been seen before and was un-guardable at the time. No one in the league was big enough to contest that shot and the defender just had to hope he missed.
The problem is he did not even have to use that shot because chances are he could just get by you for the sweet finger roll or dunk.
These days there are players in the league that might be able to match Wilt’s size, strength, and athletic ability. It almost seems like he came into the league 20 years to early. Regardless, he was the most dominate big man to ever play the game. He scored 100 points in a single game, this will never happen again.
When Shaq hit the NBA hardwood in 1993 at 7’1" and weighing 325 lbs (his list weight I am pretty sure he was heavier than that) he took the league by storm while breaking numerous back boards in the process.
Shaq not only brought massive size to the NBA, but he also brought quite the personality as well. He made other grown men look like children on the basketball court. He imposed his will on all the other centers in the league and never looked back.
Shaq’s go to post move was what I like to call the “Shaq Attack.” It was actually his patented drop step spin move. Shaq found a lot of his points bullying people down low while getting deep position around the basket. Once he got within a few feet of the basket you either had to move out of the way or employ the classic “Hack-a-Shaq” to send him to the free throw line where he was awful.
Shaq would position himself in the post and could drop step spin to the left or right. If he went inside he would come out of his spin and bull rush the basket for the dunk or foul, usually both. If he went outside he had a nice little hook shoot. He also used a hook shoot across the lane if the paint was too crowded.
Shaq could not be stopped in the low post. His one weakness was free throws and that is how many teams dealt with his dominance down low.
Shaq was hands down the most physically imposing post player to play in the modern NBA era.