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Shaquille O'Neal: Awards And Accolades With The Lakers, Heat And Other Teams

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Shaquille O'Neal is still considered the most dominant player ever. He may not be the winningest but he was going to get his way on both sides of the floor every night out there. At least, it was that way during his prime with the Magic, Lakers, and Heat.

Shaq then bounced around the league a little towards the end of his career. But even after some failed stints on a couple of teams, he still managed to put together one of the most impressive resumes in professional basketball history.

In fact, if you took Shaq's periods and took them away from the rest, he'd still have, at least, two careers worthy of making it to the Hall of Fame. That's why today, we're going to walk you through all the awards and accolades he piled up throughout his career:


Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal made it to the league as the 1st overall pick out of Louisiana State University. Needless to say, he took the NBA by storm from day one with his strong frame, athleticism, basketball IQ, and already well-developed footwork.

Shaq averaged 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, and 3.5 blocks per game on 56% shooting, played 81 games and instantly became a marksman among the stars in the league. He was an All-Star during his rookie season and in all his 4 seasons with the Magic.

He also led the league in scoring in just his third season with 29.3 points per game on 58% from the floor. He also led the Magic to the Finals that year but he fell to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets. They made it to the ECF next year but were swept by Michael Jordan and the Bulls and Shaq entered free agency.

Awards and accolades:

- ROTY award
- NBA Scoring champion
- 4 All-Star games


Lakers Trainer Gary Vitti On Shaq: "My Dream Was For Him To Be The Best Of All Time. That Wasn't His Dream.”

The Orlando Magic lowballed Shaq so he decided to take his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers after quite a successful summer. Shaq was a part of Team USA and won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, establishing his name as one of the world's biggest rising stars.

Shaq didn't miss a beat during his first couple of seasons with the purple and gold. However, it wasn't until Phil Jackson came around in 1999 that they were finally able to take a step forward and win not one, not two, but three straight NBA Championships.

Even though Shaq had plenty of help from a young and rising Kobe Bryant on all of those three rings, he ended up winning the Finals MVP award in every single one of their Championship seasons, as well as the regular-season MVP in 2000 after averaging a league-leading 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game on 57-4% shooting (also a league-high).

Shaq also made the All-Star Game in all but one of his seasons with the Lakers, winning a couple of All-Star Game MVPs in the meantime as well.

Awards and accolades:

- 3x NBA Champion
- 3x Finals MVP
- NBA Scoring champion
- Gold Medal
- 2x All-Star MVP
- 7 All-Star games


Shaq Heat

Shaq and Kobe's relationship reached a point of no return so the Lakers decided to trade the Big Diesel to the Miami Heat in return for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and a future 1st round pick, which ended up being Jordan Farmar.

O'Neal made it to the All-Star Game on every one of his seasons at South Beach and even though he wasn't on his physical prime anymore, he was still a huge difference-maker for them.

In fact, Shaq played a huge part in the first Championship in Miami Heat history. Next to Dwyane Wade, they beat Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks as underdogs in 2006, with him averaging 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game on that series.

Awards and accolades:

- NBA Champion
- 3 All-Star games


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Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2007 following a mediocre season riddled with injuries and even an altercation with Pat Riley. He was clearly far from his best shape but was still able to contribute on a contending team.

Shaq was able to bounce back early on and ended up averaging 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game over his two seasons there. He was even named to the 2008-09 All-Star Game, where he won the All-Star Game MVP.

Awards and accolades:

- All-Star MVP
- All-Star game


CLEVELAND - MAY 11: Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get around the defense of Kendrick Perkins #43 of the  Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 11, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Shaq's Suns didn't make the playoffs so they traded him on a salary dumping deal. He joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and let everybody know about his motto: "Win a Ring for the King".

The Cavaliers were actually in the first place in the East when Shaq suffered a hand injury that kept him on the shelf for five weeks. He came back in time for the playoffs but they lost at the hands of the Boston Celtics and that was the end of his stint at The Land.

Awards and accolades:



CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 30:  Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics boxes out J.J. Hickson #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rebound at The Quicken Loans Arena on November 30, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Shaq ended up his career as a member of the Boston Celtics, arguably the most infamous tenure of his long and successful career. In fact, he recently acknowledged that he wasn't in game-shape and should have retired instead of ring-chasing with the Celtics.

O'neal made just 37 appearances for the Celtics that season. He struggled mightily with injuries and announced his retirement on June 1, 2011. He'll go down as one of the greatest players to ever do it, and a top-5 big man in the history of the game, for sure.

Awards and accolades:


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