He averaged 21.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in an era that was largely dominated by non-centers, such as Jordan, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
3. Shaquille O’Neal
“Shaq” was the franchise face of three different NBA teams in his career: The Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.
The first overall pick of the 1992 draft led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 1995, but they were swept by Olajuwon’s Rockets. In 1996, Shaq forever changed the NBA landscape by signing with the Lakers.
O’Neal and Kobe Bryant formed one of the greatest super duos in the history of sports, leading the Lakers to three straight NBA titles from 2000 to 2002. O’Neal was named the Finals MVP on all three occasions.