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 – #10 Shaquille O’Neal

  Shaquille O’Neal comes under dominant in the dictionary. He had his flaws, most noticeably free throw shooting. That being said, he has a real case for the best Finals performer of all time. In Shaq Daddy’s first four runs to the NBA Finals (95, 00, 01, and 02) he averaged an inhumane 34.2 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.8 BPG, all while shooting 60%. Those numbers don’t even exist in the modern game. There …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #34 Patrick Ewing

Big Pat was a phenom in College, an easy choice for the Knicks in the 1985 draft. Although Patrick Ewing was ultimately unable to bring the NYC faithful a Championship, he brought them as close as you could possibly go, one game away. He finished in the top five of MVP voting on six separate occasions he was an unfortunate victim of the Jordan/Olajuwon era. Many would argue he was the greatest to ever wear …

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A Number’s Game: Power Ranking Round-Up

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” Dan Gilbert, probably Back in August, I thought I had it all figured out. The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls would strut through the East, the eternal Spurs and high octane Thunder would rule over the loaded West, teams like Sacramento and the Bucks would stink, and all would be copacetic in the NBA world. Then the season started. I’m not sure …

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