You probably know about the four titles, the 15 All-Star Game appearances, and the three MVPs in both the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Finals. But here are 15 stats you may not know about recently-inducted Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal.
1. Shaq made only one three-pointer in his career. On February 19, 1996, as a member of the Orlando Magic, he made his only three-pointer against the Milwaukee Bucks. He went one-for-22 in his career from the three-point line.
2. In his 19 seasons, Shaq’s field goal percentage was remarkably consistent. In 18 of his 19 seasons, his field goal percentage for the season was between .557 and .611.
3. He played in 80 or more games in a season only twice–the first two seasons of his career.
4. A notoriously bad free-throw shooter, his best season from the stripe was in 2002-03 when he shot 62.2 percent. His worst season from the line was in 2006-07 with the Miami Heat: 42.2 percent.
5. Shaq missed 5,317 free throws in his career. Only one other player missed over 5,000 free throws in his career: Wilt Chamberlain, who missed 5,805.
6. O’Neal is one of only four players who attempted 11,000 or more free throws in a career. His 11,252, good enough for third on the list. The others: Karl Malone, 13,188; Wilt, 11,862; and Moses Malone, 11,090.
7. He is one of eight players in NBA history to average 23 points per game and 10 rebounds per game… he averaged 23.7 and 10.9. The others were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, George Mikan and Bob Pettit.
8. It seems that the longer Shaq played in a game, the better his free throw shooting got. If he played 40 or minutes, his percentage was 53.1; if he played 30-39 minutes in a contest, it was 52.88; if he played 20-29 minutes, it was 51.8; if he played less than 20 minutes, it was 49.7.
9. He is one of only six players to score 5,000 or more points in playoff games. The six: Michael Jordan (5987), Jabbar (5762), Kobe Byant (5640), LeBron James (5572), Shaq (5250) and Tim Duncan (5172).
10. Shaquille played in 1,207 games in his career, starting 1,197 of them and coming off the bench in only 10 games.
11. His free throw percentage was higher than his field goal percentage in two seasons. The first season was his rookie year in 1992-93; the other season was 2002-03.
12. Only two players in NBA playoffs history have scored over 5,000 career points and grabbed over 2,500 career rebounds. Shaq had 5,250 career points in the playoffs and 2,508 rebounds; the other is Duncan who had 5,172 career playoff points and 2,859 career rebounds in the post-season.
13. Shaq averaged 23.7 points per game in the regular season, but he had two favorite opponents he notched over 26 points per game: Dallas (26.4) and the Los Angeles Clippers (26.3).
14. He is one of three players who attended LSU that scored 10,00 or more points in the NBA. The other two: Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich.
15. Shaq is one of only 11 players who had 700 or more career steals and 2,000 or more career blocked shots. The 11: Jabbar, Marcus Camby, Duncan, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Garnett, Larry Nance, Shaq, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parrish, David Robinson and Ben Wallace.