Shaquille O’Neal considers himself one of the best centers ever to play basketball.
On Monday, the former LSU star took to Twitter to give his breakdown of the top centers to play the sport. He named Bill Russell the best, followed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
His third choice? Himself, of course.
Check out his complete rankings below.
UNDERDOG my top centers ever to play are 1. Bill RUSSELL 2.KAREEM 3.BIG ARISTOTLE 4. Wilt chamberlain 5.Hakeem 6.D Robinson 7.Pat Ewing
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 27, 2017
You have to love O’Neal’s riff on this. He’s a playful guy, so his personality comes through with this list and the fact that he labels himself “BIG ARISTOTLE.”
As with all rankings, there’s room for debate. Russell, with 11 NBA titles, is a solid choice at No. 1. Abdul-Jabbar deserves praise for being the league’s all-time scoring leader. Chamberlain is no slouch after becoming the all-time rebounds leader.
O’Neal, meanwhile, is seventh in the NBA in career scoring. His four championships contribute to his legacy as well.
It would be great if other former and current NBA stars chimed in on Twitter in this way. Can you imagine LeBron James dropping a similar take? Or Kobe Bryant? Think of the internet reaction. It would be wild.
Thanks, Shaq, for the smile.