Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson will take home the title of Basketball Hall of Famers in late September.
The 7-foot gentle giant, four-time National Basketball Association champion and three-time Finals and league MVP, Shaquille O’Neal, was nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on December 21, 2015. During O’Neal’s 19-year NBA career, he has played for six teams and is recognized as one of the best centers known to the game of basketball.
O’Neal averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and shot 58.2 percent from the field in 19 seasons. He won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, and he was the Finals MVP for each of his championships with the Lakers. During the 2000 playoffs, O’Neal averaged 30.7 points and 15.4 rebounds and shot 56.6 percent from the field. Today, the icon is an analyst on the TV program Inside the NBA.
And while O’Neal is considered one of the best centers of the game, Allen Iverson is known as one of the best guards. The 6-foot ‘pound for pound’ player was known for his ability to drive the ball to the basket with quickness. He averaged at least 30 points in three seasons, including 31.1 points in 2000-2001, the season he was named MVP. He led the league in steals at 2.5 and attempted 10.1 free throws per game that season.