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Yesterday, it was announced that Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming are set to be enshrined to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Years removed from their playing days, three of the NBA's most popular players will join Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, former WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf in this year's 10-member class of HOF inductees. NBA referee Darrell Garretson, coach John McLendon and players Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey will also be inducted posthumously.

All eyes however, will be on Shaq, A.I., and Yao, who each had a lasting effect on the sport, beyond gaudy numbers.

O'Neal averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in his 19-year career. The four-time NBA champion was also named MVP in 2000.

Iverson, on the other hand, played 14 years and finished with averages of 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 assists per game. He won the MVP a year after Shaq did, and led the league in scoring for four seasons.

Yao—who averaged 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his eight-year career—would've played longer, if not for countless injuries. Still, it was his cross-cultural effect that had more weight.

Unquestionably, the three are HOF shoo-ins. But would it hurt to have some video proof? Below are highlight videos of Shaq, A.I., and Yao, and the most unforgettable sequences in their illustrious careers:


Shaquille O'Neal

Career highlights:

Hall of Fame-worthy moment:

Arguably one of the best 1-2 punches in NBA history, Shaq and Los Angeles Laker teammate Kobe Bryant could've won more rings had they worked on deepening their contentious relationship. Nevertheless, this one moment—aside from their three championships together—perfectly illustrates how lethal this killer combo was.

Allen Iverson

Career highlights:

Hall of Fame-worthy moment:

As much as stepping over Tyronn Lue typified what A.I. brought to the game, it's Iverson killer instinct and swagger—best exemplified in this classic moment that pit him against Michael Jordan—that cemented his place among the basketball greats


Yao Ming

Career highlights:

Hall of Fame-worthy moment:

Yao's entry into the NBA opened the doors for the Asian community to become more involved in the sport.

 

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