Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most celebrated basketball players of all time and is widely regarded as one of the best centers to step foot on a basketball court.

One area of Shaq’s game which has always shown visible room for improvement is his ability to make a three pointer.

How many 3 pointers did Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) make in his career? 3

The 7’1” mountain of a man was always a physical beast in his career which almost spanned two decades, but his ability to find the hoop from outside the arc has always been in question.

To the surprise of no one, one of the most asked questions about the former American basketball player is how many three pointers did Shaquille O’Neal successfully make in his 19 year long playing career.

As it would turn out, it only happens so that the number is one that nobody can expect from a man of his size and stature in the game.


As it would turn out, Shaquille O’Neal has only ever successfully made one three-pointer in his entire career.

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In a career spanning the better part of two decades which he spent with NBA franchises such as Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, O’Neal put the ball through the hoop from outside the arc only once.

The scarce event came against the Milwaukee Bucks in a game where Shaq was turning out for Orlando Magic in 1996. In fact, Shaq has only ever racked up a three-pointer once in only 22 attempts in a 19 year long playing career – giving him a 4.5% 3P average.

The only three pointer he ever made in his career only came in his fourth year with Orlando Magic in a regular season game, and despite playing until 2011 before he hung up his boots. Shaq never found the hoop from outside the arc ever again.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that is a shocking statistic even from the likes of a player with a notorious reputation for failing to make three-pointers.

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