Shaquille O’Neal Has Witnessed at Least 1 Former Teammate Play in the Last 37 NBA Finals
It’s no question that Shaquille O’Neal is one of the best players ever to play in the NBA. He went on to have a successful career and accomplished a lot. The four-time NBA champion was the most dominant player during his prime.
There’s one impressive streak that O’Neal has even though he hasn’t played since 2011. O’Neal has had a teammate of his play in the NBA Finals for the past 37 years.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Hall of Fame career was one to remember
When O’Neal entered the league in 1992, he immediately made an impact. In his first season with the Orlando Magic, he averaged 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks and was named the Rookie of the Year in 1993. O’Neal quickly helped the Magic become one of the top teams in the league, and he was a part of the 1995 team that made it to the NBA Finals and lost to the Houston Rockets.
The success continued for O’Neal when he joined the LA Lakers. He spent eight seasons in LA, winning three championships from 2000 to 2002. He was the Finals MVP all three years and won the NBA MVP award in 2000. O’Neal was unstoppable on the court, and when he was in the paint, he pretty much had his way. The way he used his size and length was impressive, and whenever he dunked, he made sure you felt it.
After having a lot of success in LA, O’Neal joined the Miami Heat, and in his second season, he helped the team win their first title in franchise history. He finished his career playing for the Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers. O’Neal averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks for his career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Shaq’s impressive playoff streak
O’Neal played in 15 consecutive playoffs from 1994 to 2008. He only missed the playoffs one time in his career and finished with a record of 129-87 during his time in the playoffs. O’Neal certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to playing in the playoffs and having success.
He averaged 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in the playoffs. O’Neal’s last final appearance came in 2006 with the Heat, and he finished with a 4-2 record in the finals. Not too many players have had the success that O’Neal has had during his career, and he definitely made the most of his successful career.
O’Neal’s streak of having a teammate play in the finals
The 2020 NBA Finals features one or more former teammates of O’Neal. That makes 37 consecutive years that a teammate of his has played in the finals. For that streak to continue for so long is very impressive. Thirty-seven years is a long time, and to think that for all those years, a teammate of O’Neal played in the finals is mind blowing.
You have to wonder how long that streak will continue? That’s something that many basketball fans and experts will keep tabs on in the future because that streak will come to an end. It’s just a matter of when that will happen.