O’Neal toiled for years behind a stacked Trail Blazers front court, but once he got an opportunity to shine he did so. This time he goes to a team where that won’t be an issue as he gives the Clippers something to begin building around.
Even though it took some time before he got his shot O’Neal was still one of the better big men of the 2000s making 6 All-Star Games and winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2002. Throughout the decade O’Neal was a constant in the top-10 of both rebounds and blocks while providing solid offensive production as well.
The Clippers had very little on their roster to really get fans excited so O’Neal would have been a welcome addition, and for O’Neal, he gets the opportunity to see the court regularly in his early years.