BIRTHPLACE: COLUMBIA, SC
NBA SEASONS: 18
ALL STAR APPEARANCES: 6
Jermaine Lee O'Neal is a former NBA superstar who played as a Center/Power Forward. O'Neal enjoyed a hugely successful high school playing career and became professional immediately after high school. Drafted in the 1996 NBA draft, O'Neal was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 17th overall pick. After four years with the Blazers, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers.
It is with the Pacers that his career blossomed, winning him the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2001-02 season. His eight years with the Indiana Pacers were hugely successful as he helped them reach the NBA Playoffs six times - once reaching the Conference Finals (2003-04 season). O'Neal made the NBA All-Star Team a remarkable six times and the All-NBA teams three times. He is also a winner of the NBA Magic Johnson Award.
Standing at 6 ft 11 in, O'Neal went on to set five franchise records for the Indiana Pacers. After his stellar run with the Pacers, O'Neal also played pivotal roles for the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.
Citing exhaustion, O'Neal decided to take a break from the NBA before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. He makes his return to professional basketball in The BIG3.