Shaquille O’Neal: An Investigative Report On The Legitimacy Of A Clutch Factor

Shaquille O’Neal is the most dominant big man in NBA history. He is widely recognized as one of the absolute greats, one of the few truly special players to ever grace a basketball court. Where his reputation falters quite a bit, however—and for good reason—is at the free throw line. The 7’1’’, 325-pound behemoth, affectionately dubbed ‘Shaq’, is routinely, and often comically, chided for his historically poor free throw shooting. It’s become such a popular …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We know who is coming tomorrow, we knew he was coming when we started revealing this list way back on August 18th, I knew he was coming before I tallied the ballots. That being said, if you had to argue one players greatness over his airness, it’d be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His resume might be greater, it’s a very feasible argument. He won the same amount of rings, and he was recognized as the league MVP …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #3 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, the former Spartan and former Laker comes in at number three on the list. Magic was a mismatch, a unique combination of size and speed. His ability to match up with virtually anyone on the floor gave the Lakers an ace each and every night. Although Magic was far from an elite scorer, he did play on a team that featured one of the two individuals still not listed thus far. Aside from …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #5 Wilt Chamberlain

  He scored a 100 in a single game, he averaged 50 points per game in a single season, and yet his rival Bill Russell still finishes ahead. Chamberlain had no weaknesses, the guy almost led the league in assists because he felt like it. Arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, if you place your stock in individual numbers there’s a real case for Chamberlain to be higher on this list. Chamberlain’s shortfalls …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #9 Kobe Bryant

  Kobe Bryant is as polarizing as they come, a player made for the spotlight, a player that created a cult like following fan base. The percentages can be analyzed a million times and people will still draw completely different conclusions. The fans love the big numbers he put up, the five Championships he helped bring home, and the true alpha dog personality so rarely found in any sport. For myself, the Mamba’s greatest qualities …

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