It's been seven years since we last saw Shaq on the basketball court (outside of a few pickup games), devouring opponents like they're barbecue chicken. For 19 years, hoops fans witnessed him evolve from being a man-child with the Orlando Magic to becoming a monster with the Los Angeles Lakers, before reverting back to his lovable self in the twilight of his career.
Although in his prime, the big fella showed no mercy every time he ran straight into his defenders and put them on a poster. To mark this special day, FHM ranks O'Neal's greatest slama jamas, based on level of insult.
10. Over Aaron Williams (New Jersey Nets)
Watching this sequence where Shaq dominated almost the entire Nets team gives you an idea of how the 2002 Finals turned out. Quite possibly the only time you'll see the undrafted journeyman's name on an NBA list.
9. Over Kevin Cato (Portland Trail Blazers)
The disrespect, dexterity and the victim's obscurity remind us of that time when Shawn Kemp brought out the guns against Alton Lister. This was just one of Diesel's many career highlights that came at the expense of the hapless Blazers.
THE OLD HEADS
8. Over Robert Parish (Boston Celtics)
Chief should've listened to teammate Kevin Mchale: "I was in my last year and Shaq's first year. He took off his warm-up in Orlando, I looked at Robert Parish and said, 'It's time for me to go,' ha ha! I went, 'Oh my god, is that guy big and strong and fast!'"
7. Over Arvydas Sabonis (Portland Trail Blazers)
The Lithuanian legend may have done better versus Superman if he didn't enter the league at 31 years old. O'Neal did admit that he had the hardest time facing lumbering big men like Sabonis, who actually managed to move him around the post.
THE ELITE CHALLENGERS
6. Over Dikembe Mutombo (Philadelphia 76ers)
Even the top rim protectors were no match for the physical marvel that is Shaq, who had the perfect mix of size and speed. He terrorized Mt. Mutombo everywhere the latter went—Denver, Philadelphia, and Houston, where O'Neal returned the favor of the finger wag.
5. Over Alonzo Mourning (Charlotte Hornets)
Zo made a name for himself with his tenacious defense. Unfortunately, it was also the reason he ended up on the wrong end of posters, mostly courtesy of his highly touted batchmate (Mourning was picked second after O'Neal in the 1992 draft).
4. Over Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
The Big Aristotle got Olajuwon in a Rockets jersey one too many times, but it was in the 1994 All-Star Game that he straight up murdered the latter. The Dream would get him back the next year, when Houston swept Orlando in the Finals.
3. Over David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
After missing out on a championship, Shaq vented his frustration on Hakeem's rival, Robinson, during the exhibition match. This would escalate a beef between him and The Admiral, which carried over when O'Neal joined the Lakers.
THE POOR SOULS
2. Over Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers)
What made this dunk among the most ruthless are the ensuing plays: Bynum exacting revenge on Superman, who didn't like the extra chippiness. O'Neal schooled the LA center so hard that he was out of the league after a few more years.
1. Over Chris Dudley ( New York Knicks)
When push comes to shove...literally. This one easily goes down as one of, if not the most humiliating dunk in NBA history.