Poll: David Robinson vs Shaquille O'Neal
Rounding out a dominant 3x3 basketball roster (4 players total, including you!) requires the inclusion of a dominant big man. In order to make this week’s vote as difficult as possible, we’ve chosen two of the most physically gifted centers to ever play the game. While each would be a terrific addition to any roster, think about which star’s game would most fit the style of you and the 3x3 teammates you envision taking the court with!
A 10-time All-Star and the 1995 MVP of the league, David Robinson was the 1987 Player of the Year while attending the United States Naval Academy and was the USA's first three-time Olympian – winning gold twice (1992, 1996) and one bronze medal (1988). “The Admiral” posted NBA career averages of 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game and during his incredible 14-year career, nabbed Rookie of The Year (1990) honors and a pair of championships (1999, 2003). A member of the gold medalist 1992 USA "Dream Team," Robinson was back in the USA uniform four years later and led the golden American squad in scoring in Atlanta, averaging 12.0 points a game, and was a member of arguably the greatest front-court ever assembled in 1996 along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and an up-and-coming big man known by most as “Shaq.”
Whether you know him as “Shaq Diesel,” “The Big Aristotle,” “The Big Shaqtus” or one of his other 16 nicknames listed on basketballreference.com, there’s no denying the dominant force that Shaquille O’Neal was on the hardwood. Averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his 19-year NBA career, O’Neal took home four NBA Championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006), three NBA Finals MVP awards (2000-2002), one MVP (2000) and was a 15-time All-Star. Like Robinson, Shaquille also won Rookie of the Year in 1993. During his run with USA Basketball, he was named MVP of the 1994 FIBA World Championship after posting 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots a game, and in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, O’Neal had a pair of double-doubles and in the eyes of many, set himself on track to become the future of the center position.
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