There was only one thing missing from Shaquille O’Neal’s incredible resume: A spot in the Hall of Fame. The former LSU star can now cross that off the list.
O’Neal was one of 10 inductees announced into the Basketball Hall of Fame Monday morning. He joins fellow former NBA stars Allen Iverson and Yao Ming, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes in the Class of 2016.
Shaq, Iverson, Izzo, Yao, Sheryl Swoopes and Jerry Reinsdorf elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. No Eddie Sutton
— Ryan Aber (@ryaber) April 4, 2016
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) April 4, 2016
Shaq’s inevitable induction into the Hall of Fame solidifies his status as one of the greatest players of all time. The Big Aristotle made 15 All-Star game appearances, led the league in scoring twice, was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 and won four championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. He retired in 2011 after a dominant 20-year career with career averages of 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
O’Neal was taken first overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft after playing three seasons in Baton Rouge, La. Shaq averaged 21.6 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in 90 games with the Tigers. He was named the Associated Press Player of the Year and won the Rupp Trophy during the 1990-91 season and was named SEC Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons at LSU.