Shaquille O’Neal Puts Himself in Unguardable Players List with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Steph Curry

Published 05/16/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Lakers Kobe Bryant bumps chests with Shaquille O’Neal after O’Neal got fouled scoring in the first half during the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs at Staples Center Sunday April 21, 2002.Trailblazer Damon Stoudamire looks on from the left. Lakers won 95–87. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. ‘The Diesel’ was unstoppable during his 20-year career, having his way with anyone who tried guarding him. Because of his size and speed, O’Neal was a terror for opposition defenses, who did everything short of attack him to try and stop Shaq. And this is why Shaq thinks he belongs in the list of the most unguardable players in NBA history.

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Shaq says he was among most unguardable

Former NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal shared a post on his Instagram about the most unguardable players in NBA history. The post showed Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, and Shaquille O’Neal- four players have been revolutionary in the NBA and caused the face of the league to change.

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Jordan, Shaq, and Curry have been credited for revolutionizing the NBA during their period of play, changing how the game is played in the league entirely.

 

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Michael Jordan was the most transcendent player in NBA history. From the moment he debuted, Jordan went from strength to strength, becoming one of the most popular athletes in the world. Within seven years of his debut, Jordan won his first NBA championship. And from there, he went on to dominate the 90s decade. He was absolutely incredible and garnered great interest in the league.

Shaquille O’Neal – was he unguardable?

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Stephen Curry revolutionized the game of basketball simply with his play. Curry was a gifted shooter, much like his father Dell Curry when he entered the league. H0wever, Curry was light-years ahead of any shooter the league had seen in history. Curry became one of the most incredible offensive players in NBA history, scoring a remarkable number of threes. Because of Curry, most of the NBA has now steered toward shooting more threes in order to maximize their offensive options.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 12: Kobe Bryant, Lindsey Hunter and Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate following Game Four of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets on June 12, 2002 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)
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Is Shaquille O’Neal one of the most unguardable players in NBA history? There is a strong argument for Shaq to be on the last. In order to try to stop Shaq, the rest of the league adopted the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ technique, where they would intentionally foul Shaq to send him to the free-throw line. So the idea is that unless Shaq was fouled, he couldn’t be stopped from getting his points. But even the Hack-a-Shaq strategy couldn’t stop Shaq from dominating the rest of the league. It just slowed him down.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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