The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

8. Shaquille O'Neal

Team(s): Magic, Lakers, Heat
Stats: 216 G, 24.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 26.1 PER
Playoff accolades: 4x NBA Champion (in six Finals appearances), 3x Finals MVP
Playoff highlights

Among all players to appear in at least 65 playoff games, Shaq sports the highest shooting percentage of all-time. He also grabbed the most rebounds of anyone not named Russell or Chamberlain and attempted over 500 more free throws than the next closest player. More importantly than the stats, though, Shaq was the indisputable centerpiece of the Lakers' three-peat from 2000 to 2002 (sorry Kobe fans, but it's true). In those three Finals combined, Shaq averaged 35.9 points and 15.2 rebounds per game while commanding double-teams all night long. It didn't matter, though, because when he was motivated there was no more dominant post presence than the Big Diesel.

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