When did Shaquille O’Neal Retire?
Shaquille O’Neal retired from professional NBA in 2011.
How Long was Shaq in the NBA?
Shaquille O’Neal played in the NBA for 19 years. His playing career started in 1992 and ended in 2011.
On December 21, 2015, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that O’Neal had been nominated for induction.
O’Neal was picked by the Orlando Magic as the first overall choice in the 1992 NBA draft after a stellar career at Louisiana State University.
When he was a rookie, he was named Rookie of the Year and led his club to the NBA Finals in 1995, becoming one of the best centers in the game.
Lakers won three straight championships from 2000 to 2002 with O’Neal as a free agent after four seasons with the Orlando Magic.
O’Neal joined the Miami Heat in 2004 and went on to win his fourth NBA title the following year with the Heat.
Since 2007, Shaq has played in Phoenix, Cleveland, and eventually Boston, where he ended his career in the NBA.
To name a few of Shaq’s accomplishments, he won the 1999–2000 NBA MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 selections to the All-Star game, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA teams, and three selections to the NBA All-Defensive Team.
One of just three players to earn NBA MVP, All-Star MVP, and Finals MVP trophies in the same season. Seventh in scoring, fifth in field goals, thirteenth in rebounding, and seventh in blocks among all-time greats.
O’Neal’s 3rd-best field goal percentage is mostly due to his ability to slam dunk the basketball (58.2 percent ).