Today marks the 45th birthday of the greatest center of all time. Yes I said it, The Greatest Center of all time. Shaquille O’Neal also known as Shaq has been called by many as the greatest center of all time. Not only can the argument be made, but convincingly so. Over a long consistent career in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal averaged 23.7 points on 58.7 from the field, while also averaging 11 rebounds and two blocks.
But numbers aren’t enough to make you the best ever in GOAT (greatest of all time) debates. You must also win championships. Shaq won 4 championships all in a dominating fashion. The way Shaq played basketball at the center position is not something we see anymore. It was claimed that “Shaq’s Retirement marked the end of Great NBA Centers“.
So who else is there in the history of the NBA that could contain him on either side of the ball? What was that? I just heard someone in the back say Dwight Howard. He was Dwight Howard before Dwight Howard. And he did it even better. Don’t get sucked into the hate.
And that’s it; best big man ever
For his size, Shaq is a one-of-a-kind athlete who is unmatched by any player in any sport. No 7’1″ player, who weighs 330 pounds, has ever had as good footwork, been as powerful, had as good lift, and been able to move as quickly as Shaq has.
The facts are there everyone is saying the same thing. Even if one doesn’t admit he’s the greatest of all time, they would still have to admit to his greatness in totality. There will never be another Shaquille O’Neal.