Mike, Mamba and Magic: Top 50 Players in NBA History Part V
The fifth and final segment in our updated list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history is finally here with players 10 through one. Make sure you’re ready for it with Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.
10. Shaquille O’Neal
The one and only “Superman” can be considered the most dominant player to ever play in the NBA with his ridiculous size as a center.
From his early years with the Orlando Magic to his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers and his small stints with the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics, he was always the biggest player on the floor. Size was obviously a huge factor in his success as he averaged 10.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 23 points for his career.
No one could stop Shaq when he was down in the paint because that basically translated to 2 easy points, unless the team fouled him, then it was a coin flip decision because he averaged 52% from the charity stripe.
Despite his famous and unconventional free-throw approach, he still dominated the game as he led the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002 to three NBA Championships and the Miami Heat in 2006 to their first championship.
9. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan is the most underrated player to ever play the game because of his lack of intensity and mellow personality. Duncan led the San Antonio Spurs to four different NBA Championships in ’99, ’03, ’05, & ’07.
Even though he was not the most entertaining player off the court, he demonstrated his real skills on the court as he is an amazing double-double machine in points (20.6 ppg) and rebounds (11.4 rpg).
He won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in two consecutive seasons from ’02-’03 and is a 13-time NBA All-Star.