Shaq's 18th NBA anniversary

November, 6, 2010
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Tim DeFrisco /AllsportShaquille O'Neal during his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.
Exactly 18 years ago on Saturday, Shaquille O'Neal made his NBA debut for the Orlando Magic. The 20-year-old center logged 12 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks over 32 minutes (but turned the ball over a whopping eight times) in a 110-100 loss to the Miami Heat.

Fast-forward to the present and Shaq sits near the top of some lofty NBA all-time marks, including career points (28,281; 5th overall), field-goal percentage (58.2 percent; 2nd), rebounds (12,937; 14th), and blocks (2,691; 7th).

Shaq sat out Boston's last three games, but traveled with the team to Oklahoma City Saturday in advance of the start of a four-game road trip. Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't sound optimistic about Shaq's chance of playing due to a right knee bruised suffered in last Friday's win over the New York Knicks, but the fact that O'Neal traveled is an encouraging sign that he's closer to a return.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jared Sullinger
PTS AST STL MIN
14.3 2.2 0.7 28.8
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.2
AssistsE. Turner 4.5
StealsM. Smart 1.1
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.7