Over the years, the NBA has seen numerous dominant powers. Shaquille O’Neal, though, singles out two in particular.
In late March, Shaq spoke with GQ for a feature about his health and fitness. He discussed the most dominant players in NBA history during the interview.
The Hall of Famer admitted that he, along with another ascendant big man of his era, made the cut.
“Either Wilt [Chamberlain] or me,” O’Neal told GQ. “In championships, I’ve already passed Wilt.” When I signed a two-year contract with Boston, I pursued that fifth ring to catch Kobe, but I was also chasing points to catch Wilt.”
“There are 20 people when you say the best—Dr. J, Magic, Kareem, Bill,” O’Neal added. “It goes on and on. But there are just two when you say most dominant, so I’m satisfied.”
In this case, it’s difficult to argue with Shaq.
He and Chamberlain were not only two of the NBA’s biggest guys (both 7 feet 1 inch tall), but they also had the individual stat sheets to back up their domination.
Chamberlain is one of the league’s most recognizable players, and his record-setting 100-point game against the New York Knicks in 1962 is unlikely to be surpassed. The 15-time All-Star finished his career with 31,419 points, good for sixth all-time in the NBA, and 23,924 rebounds, good for first all-time.
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Based on his numbers, Shaq was just as dominant, if not more so, than Chamberlain. He is ninth all-time in points (28,596) and is in the top ten in offensive rebounds (4,209), defensive rebounds (8,890), and blocks (8,890). (2,732).
Thanks to ESPN for the tip.
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal talks at the Staples Center during an NBA game between the Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 24, 2017, the photo was taken in Los Angeles, California, USA. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports is required credit.