Two other basketball celebrities will join Yao Ming as Hall of Fame inductees: Shaquille O’ Neal and Allen Iverson.
Allen Iverson began his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the first overall pick in 1996 and received Rookie of the Year Award during the 1996-97 season. Despite his “small” stature at 6 feet 0 inches, he averaged 26.7 points per game and ranked 6th all-time greatest scorer in the NBA. His playoff scoring average was second only to Michael Jordan. Other notable achievements included:
- MVP Award (2001)
- 11x NBA All-Star
- 4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001–2002, 2005)
Shaquille O’Neal started with the Orlando Magic in 1992 and played for various NBA teams. The full roster included: Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He achieved the following accomplishments:
- 4× NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006)
- 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
- MVP Award (2000)
- 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
Congratulations to all of these basketball phenoms!