3. Shaquille O'Neal (2000)
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Result: Lakers over Pacers, 4-2
Finals stats: 38.0 PPG, 16.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.7 BPG
Shaq's performance in the Lakers' six-game takedown of the Pacers is perhaps one of the greatest single-series efforts in NBA playoff history. His dominance was truly incredible: he set an NBA record for most free throws attempted in a game (38) in Game 2, never scored fewer than 33 points, and more than made up for the absence of Kobe Bryant, who suffered an ankle injury in Game 2 and was never right during the series. While conditioning was never really Shaq's forte, he also played at least 42 minutes in every game, including 47 minutes on three separate occasions. Poor Rik Smits had no answer for Shaq, as he averaged 10 points and just four rebounds for the series and promptly retired after the playoffs ended.