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Shaq Versus The NBA's Other Centers

Although Shaquille O’Neal’s decision to go to the Boston Celtics doesn’t seem to phase many people outside of the Boston area, people need to realize that Shaq is still one of the better centers in the NBA by default. After all, if you look around the NBA there is clearly a lack of talented centers. So even though the Celtics are adding the oldest player in the NBA to an already Jurassic roster, they have two of the league’s quality centers on their team in Shaq and Kendrick Perkins.

What Shaq is missing in youthful exuberance, he can make up for in knowledge of the game, a solid locker room presence, and a big body. Point is, Shaq is still better than a lot of the projected starting centers for this upcoming season. If you don’t believe me, check out the comparison list. Of course, there are going to be instances where you disagree, but I tried to see it from a fan’s perspective. Basically, which guy would I rather have on my team? There were a few times where I had a hard time comparing because of a difference in playing styles, so try to keep that in mind. Nonetheless, here we go:

Shaq v Brook Lopez (Lopez)

Shaq v Spencer Hawes (Shaq)

Shaq v Andrea Bargnani (Push (differing styles))

Shaq v Joakim Noah (Noah)

Shaq v Anderson Varejao (Shaq)

Shaq v Ben Wallace (Shaq)

Shaq v Roy Hibbert (Shaq)

Shaq v Andrew Bogut (Bogut)

Shaq v Al Horford (Horford)

Shaq v Erick Dampier (Shaq)

Shaq v Heat Center (Shaq)

Shaq v Dwight Howard (Howard)

Shaq v Wizards Center (Shaq)

Shaq v Brendan Haywood (Haywood)

Shaq v Brad Miller (Shaq)

Shaq v Marc Gasol (Gasol)

Shaq v Hornets Center (Shaq)

Shaq v Antonio McDyess (Shaq)

Shaq v Nene (Nene)

Shaq v Darko Milicic (Shaq)

Shaq v Greg Oden (Oden)

Shaq v Nenad Krstic (Shaq)

Shaq v Al Jefferson (Jefferson)

Shaq v David Lee (Push (differing styles))

Shaq v Chris Kaman (Kaman)

Shaq v Andrew Bynum (Bynum)

Shaq v Robin Lopez (Lopez)

Shaq v Samuel Dalembert (Shaq)

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