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NBA Lines: What is the NBA without Shaq?

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 10/19/2011 9:01:45 PM

Since 1992, the NBA lines was fortunate to feature the one of the greatest big men of all time, Shaquille O’Neal. 

Many of the NBA’s young viewers have never seen the league without Shaq.  Someone must fill his size 22 shoes in NBA Lines.

O’Neal won four NBA Championships during his prolific career.  Three of those years Shaq was honored the Finals Most Valuable Player.  Shaq has accumulated nearly all the NBA Lines most outstanding accolades with Rookie of the Year honors along with an MVP winning in 2000.  Furthermore Shaq has 15 all-star appearances, three all-star MVP earnings and two NBA scoring titles.

After 19 years in NBA Lines O’Neal still maintained his statistical edge averaging 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in every game of his career.  He is the most dominant big man of all time.  In 14 years, Shaq scored over one thousand points in each season.  Shaq totaled his career with 28,596 career points putting him at fifth all time in scoring according to NBA Lines.

But the question remains, who is going to fill that comedic and dominating role Shaq has been entitled to for the past two decades?  The closest bet if Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.  Often compared to O’Neal, Howard was also the first overall draft pick by Orlando.  In six seasons Howard is averaging 18.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.  Howard has a long way to go but he might have a shot to be called Baby Shaq one day.

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