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O'Neal was injured for a great deal of the 1995–96 season, missing 28 games.
He averaged 26.6 points and 11 rebounds per game, made the All-NBA 3rd Team, and played in his 4th All-Star Game.
O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.
He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 19.
He was voted into the All-Star game and also made the All-NBA 3rd Team.
Orlando easily defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds of the 1996 NBA Playoffs; however, they were no match for Jordan's Bulls, who swept them in the Eastern Conference Finals.
After graduating from high school, O'Neal studied business at Louisiana State University. O'Neal left LSU early to pursue his NBA career, but continued his education even after becoming a professional player.
He had first met Dale Brown, LSU's men's basketball coach, years earlier in Europe. The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
He ranks 8th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 14th in rebounds, and 8th in blocks.
Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%).He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals.After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.