One of basketball’s biggest legends is Shaquille O’Neal. He was already named an All-Star in his first season playing and excelled as a center.
Shaquille O’Neal has 4 championship rings from his 19-season NBA career after winning 4 different NBA titles and dominating the game.
He had amazing stats and hit 52.7% of shots from the free-throw line.
Let’s look at a quick overview of his rings.
Shaq’s championship rings
First championship ring: 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers
During the finals, the Lakers beat the Pacers 4-2. O’Neal was in great shape and had a 61% shooting percentage during the finals.
The season was shortened so there were only 50 regular games. But, the Lakers had Shaq and Kobe Bryant on the team and with O’Neal averaging 30 points per game, they were hard to beat.
Second championship ring: 2000-2001 Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers
The 2001 season was a historic one for the Lakers. They ended up defeating the 76ers 4-1.
Again, like the previous season, Shaq was the top player, averaging 33 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. In game 2 alone, he tallied 28 points!
He averaged 4.8 assists in 5 games.
Allen Iverson beat him out by one vote for MVP though, but still, Shaq outplayed his competition, proving he deserved the second championship ring.
Third championship ring: 2001-2002 Lakers beat the New Jersey Nets
It was the easiest NBA playoffs as the Lakers beat out the Nets 4-0. The Jets just weren’t a match for Shaq and Kobe Bryant.
Once more, Shaq averaged an amazing 36 points and 12 rebounds during the finals.
Also, he averaged 3.8 assists during the finals.
Fourth championship ring: 2005-2006 Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks
The final championship ring came after Shaq was traded to Miami and the Heat beat out Dallas 4-2.
O’Neal averaged 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Although O’Neal was scoring, his performance wasn’t quite the same as with the Lakers but he still managed a 14 point average during the finals and helped his team win.