Shaquille O’Neal Bestows Great Honor on Nikola Jokić, Reaffirms His Spot Amongst All-Time Top-10 Centers
2024/04/02

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In the 2023 Playoffs, Nikola Jokić made history by recording the most triple-doubles in post-seasons and leading the Denver Nuggets to their first-ever NBA championship. His incredible performance has propelled the Nuggets to new heights, making them a formidable force in the league. As a result, legendary center Shaquille O'Neal has recognized Jokić's contributions and recently praised him on Instagram, acknowledging him as one of the top ten centers of all time.

In a video titled "The Top 10 Centers in NBA History," Shaq ranked Jokić at number eight, an impressive feat given the caliber of players that have played the center position throughout history.

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Below Jokić, at number ten, is the 1977 Finals MVP and 1978 MVP Bill Walton, followed by Patrick Ewing, an 11-time All-Star for the New York Knicks, at number nine. The list also includes David Robinson, the 1995 MVP, at number seven, and Moses Malone, a 3-time MVP and 1983 Finals MVP, at number six.

The fifth spot on the list belongs to Wilt Chamberlain, a 4-time MVP, 1972 Finals MVP, 11-time rebounding champion, and 7-time scoring champion. Bill Russell, an 11-time champion, 5-time MVP, and 4-time rebounding champion, is ranked fourth. Hakeem Olajuwon, a 2-time MVP, 2-time DPOY, and 2-time Finals MVP, holds the third position.

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Shaquille O'Neal, the 2000 MVP and 3-time Finals MVP, is listed at number two, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a 6-time MVP and 2-time Finals MVP, tops the list.

Jokić's inclusion among such basketball giants speaks volumes about his remarkable rise in the sport. His impressive performance in the 2023 Finals, where he was named MVP and put up impressive numbers, led Shaq to refer to him as a member of "The Big Man Alliance." Jokić's resume speaks for itself, with two Regular Season MVPs and a Finals MVP in just the last three years.

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