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“Steph, LeBron, Giannis and KD are the only superstars in the league” Shaquille O’Neal believes there are only 4 SUPERSTARS in the current NBA generation

Shaquille O'Neal names his superstars - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo
Shaquille O’Neal names his superstars – Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Many mega-stars in the league dominated the game during their time on the pitch and made their mark in that particular era. Many of them were born in their 75th yearth Anniversary team and even inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal had a great career in the NBA and is still considered the “greatest” dominant force. He won four NBA Championships, 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards. In the heyday of his career, he was simply unstoppable. And now he also rules the hearts of fans as an analyst, podcast host and TV host. In a recent interview, Shaq revealed the names of the league’s top players, including some of the reigning champions – Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Even after his retirement from the league, Shaq kept in touch with the sport, possibly through his personal shows, debate shows, and a famous NBA on TNT show. This allowed Big Man the latest and updated data of the current player group. So for Shaq, who played with GOAT Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and many other HOF players, it would be difficult to get into the superstar category. But Shaq did name 4 players above that he believes are current superstars in the league.

Shaq recently appeared on a podcast asking which players he considers to be superstars in the league. When asked that question, Shaq said there are only four true Superstars in the league right now – in fact, he mentally named 2 and then added 2 after a little thought. But interestingly, he left the name Kawhi Leonard off the list — while it entered the discussion.

Shaquille O’Neal compiles a list of current era superstars including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Giannis

Shaquille O'Neal Superstars - Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo
Shaquille O’Neal Superstars – Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo

It takes longevity, on-court effectiveness, regularity at high-end performances, and more to become a star player in the league. And well, Superstar is just one level above. While many NBA stars have strived to represent their teams in the world’s premier basketball league, few have managed to reach the superstar level.

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Shaq named the latest NBA champions, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, as two superstars as soon as he received the question. And after giving little and helping form the questioner himself, he added LeBron James and Kevin Durant as another 2 superstars in the league.

After naming those four players, the host also asked Shaq’s thoughts on Kawhi being a superstar. Shaq looked a bit lost in thought again and just passed the question on to the host. Well, she believed there was a time when Leonard was undoubtedly a superstar — but perhaps after being out of the game for a season — he could now be considered a star player.

Shaq agreed with the hostess’ assessment, noting that she was answering her own question. There could be a variety of players left off the list, like current two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, who missed out on the NBA championship. Celtics also made it to the 2022 NBA Finals with the help of Jayson Tatum missing the cut. Kyrie Irving, Kyrie Irving, 2016 Championship mate Kyrie Irving at the 2016 Championship, also failed to get the Superstar tag .

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal

Possibly the athlete’s recent forms, demeanor on court and ability to win titles with impressive performances have allowed just 4 players to achieve superstar status for Shaquille O’Neal. Stephen Curry and LeBron James have each won 4 titles, while Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been a key part of their teams’ championship runs in recent years.

Although Kawhi, who was given special mention in the discussion, has a great resume and could certainly be classed as a superstar, the fact that he’s been missing for a season might lessen his impact on the list. But if we see the healthy Kawhi for the 2022-23 NBA season, he has a chance to reclaim his superstar position.

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Subhankar Mondal

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