Michael Jordan’s retirement in 1998 marked the end of basketball’s Jordan-Era. The question became which franchise and players would ascend to dominance if anyone in Jordan’s abscence. This question was answered by two big men, whose unique play and winning attitudes would allow the coming decade, to of NBA basketball to be just as historic as the previous one had been. Despite their stylistic differences, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan shared a knack for success. The begining of this era saw eight of the next nine NBA champions teams lead primarily by either Shaq or Duncan. Shaquille O’Neal, whose endless amount of nicknames, including the The Big Aristotle, Shaq Daddy, Shaq Diesel , stemmed from his dominant, loud style of play, as well as his boisterous personality. Duncan’s nickname, “The Big Fundamental”, a nickname which was actually given to him by Shaq, is a perfect way to sum up what Duncan represents. This nickname pays homage to Duncan’s no flash, strictly precise game plan and execution. These two superstars can break down through stats and style. I can't possibly sit here and pick Shaquille O'Neal over Tim Duncan or vice versa. They're just too different, yet identical in their impact. Shaquille O'Neal was all about power, while Duncan was/is about consistent non-flashy production.
It In terms of regular season success both Shaq and Duncan have proved to be lead their teams to successful postseason runs. In terms of regular season records, each have been on teams that were consistently on the top of the standings in the Western conference. However, Duncan has received two regular season NBA’s Most Valuable Player award, as opposed to O’Neil’s one. In 16 year NBA career, Duncan accolades also include being a four- time NBA Champion, and three time NBA Finals MVP. During Shaq’s 19 year career, he also has won four NBA Championship, and three NBA Finals MVP Trophies..
Throughout their journey’s, both players have shown a devotion to playing ‘both sides of the ball’, those being playing offence, and defence. Offensively, Shaq has been undoubtedly the better player. He became known as the most dominant force in NBA history during his time with the Lakers, where he won 2 scoring titles, and accumulated ten seasons where he averaged above 25 points per game. He averaged 24 points per game on his career putting him at twenty-second all time. Although nowhere near Shaq’s point production Duncan’s offensive game has been consistent throughout his career. On his career, Duncan is averaging twenty-two points per-game, including two seasons above twenty-five points per game..
Defensively, both player’s have solidified the middle...