Shaquille O’Neal Says Penny Hardaway Was A Better Player Than Kyrie Irving

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In his NBA career, Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers played alongside other great athletes, including Kobe Bryant, Penny Hardaway, Dwyane Wade, and Alonzo Mourning.

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O'Neal played with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns, and even joined the Boston Celtics with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett toward the end of his career.

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With all of the amazing players O'Neal has played with, he undoubtedly will have some favourites over time.

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When asked lately who he thought played better, O'Neal immediately cited his old Orlando Magic teammate Tim Hardaway over Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving.

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Hardaway was a formidable guard for Orlando in his heyday, and during his NBA career, he was selected to four All-Star teams and three All-NBA teams.

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While Hardaway's career stats don't quite match up to those of Irving, in his six seasons in Orlando, he did average 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game.

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Irving averages 23.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in his career while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from outside the arc. Irving formerly played for the Cavaliers, the Celtics, and the Nets.

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Without a question, Irving is a phenomenally good offensive player, but when asked about the two, O'Neal didn't even feel the need to justify his selection of Hardaway.

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While Hardaway's professional background is undoubtedly inferior than Irving's, it is important to note that during the course of his final five NBA seasons, Hardaway failed to score more than 10 points per game.

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