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September 29, 2020

With the NBA Finals getting started, a very cool, fun, Shaq-related statistic has surfaced. Yes, Shaquille O’Neal’s name is still out there, years after Shaq left his playing days behind. 

Here it is: since 1984, there hasn’t been a finals without a Shaquille O’Neal teammate in it. Great teams? Great teammates? You decide!

Thanks to Yahoo! Sports and ClutchPoints.com for bringing this one to light. For some, you have to do a little digging. How about Jared Dudley – who played with Shaq on the Phoenix Suns? A buried gem, for sure. Here’s the softball: LeBron James on this Lakers this year. King James and Shaq crossed paths in Shaq’s short stay in Cleveland, during LeBron’s days with the Cavaliers. 

There are others: Shaq played with Rajon Rondo and the Celtics at the very end of his career.  

Shaq’s former teammates are still making waves, that’s for sure. Yet as Yahoo! Sports points out, it’s going to be interesting to see how that stat works with LeBron James as well… he’s got plenty of winning teammates as well.

James has played in every NBA Finals since 2011 besides last year’s injury-barred season. Still, perhaps what’s more impressive is the collection of players he’s played with that made Finals appearances eight years before O’Neal even got in the league.

Thanks to TalkBasket.net; Photos from ESPN / Twitter

Interested in the roster? Here it is: 

1984: Greg Kite

1985: Byron Scott

1986: Greg Kite

1987-1988: Byron Scott/A.C. Green

1989-1990: Dennis Rodman, John Saley

1991-1993: Horace Grant

1994-1995: Robert Horry

1996-1998: Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman

1999: Steve Kerr

2000-2002: Shaq

2003: Steve Kerr

2004: Slden Campbell

2005: Robert Horry

2006: Shaq

2007: Robert Horry

2008: James Posey

2009-2010: Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton

2011: Sasha Pavlovic

2012-2013: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

2014: Boris Diaw, Danny Green

2015: Leandro Barbosa

2016: LeBron James

2017: Matt Barnes

2018: First year a Shaq teammate hasn’t won since 1983 though LeBron was on the losing side.

2019: Danny Green

Shaq teammates still in the NBA

  • LeBron James
  • Danny Green
  • Avery Bradley
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Jeff Green
  • Goran Dragic
  • Robin Lopez

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