REAL HOOPERS: Jermaine O’Neal

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  • PF/C
  • 6’11, 226lbs
  • 17th Overall Pick, 1996 NBA Draft (POR)
  • Eau Claire High School
  • Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Career Stats: 13.2 ppg, 7.2 reb, 1.4 ast
  • 6 x NBA All-Star, 3 x All-NBA, 2001-02 Most Improved Player

Standout Seasons: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05

  • 2002-03: 77 GP/ GS, 37.2 MPG, 20.8 PPG, 10.3 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.9 STL, 2.3 BLK, 48.4 FG%, 73.1 FT%

  • 2003-04: 78 GP/ GS, 35.7 MPG, 20.1 PPG, 10.0 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.6 BLK, 43.4 FG%, 75.7 FT%

  • 2004-05: 44 GP/ GS, 34.8 MPG, 24.3 PPG, 8.8 REB, 1.9 AST, 2.0 BLK, 45.2 FG%, 75.4 FT%

One of the most dominant big men of the 2000’s, Jermaine O’Neal got work done on the block. The 6’11 Power Forward/ Center was drafted out of high school by the Portland Trail Blazers. He broke out big time following a trade to the Indiana Pacers. He was awarded with the Most Improved Player award for the 2001-02 season. Which certified him as the heir to Reggie Miller’s Pacer throne. As a Pacer, O’Neal made 6 All-Star squads and 3 All-NBA teams. His Pacer teams were some of the most underrated from the mid 2000’s. If it wasn’t for the infamous Malice in the Palace, the Pacers may have captured an elusive Larry O’Brien Trophy. An intimidating rim-protector and a purveyor in the art of the post-game, Jermaine O’Neal was a classic back-to-the-basket big man. Nagging injuries led to a journeyman career after his stint with Indiana finished. The South Carolina bred big is one of the least talked about stars from the mid 2000s NBA  but you shouldn’t disrespect his game. A walking 20/10, Jermaine O’Neal was the franchise player for an impressive Pacers team. The owner of the low block, Jermaine O’Neal cemented himself as one of LO-FI: The Magazine’s ‘Real Hoopers’.

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