Shaquille O’Neal agrees Dwight Howard being in Hall of Fame is questionable after matchup with Sim Bhullar

David Akerman
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Former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is one of the most dominant big men in recent NBA history, but he’s now playing in Taiwan’s T1 league.

He started his time in the league with a bang, but seemingly ran into some trouble when he had to go up against former Sacramento Kings center Sim Bhullar.


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After seeing some of Bhullar’s highlights from his matchup against Howard, Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal agreed with a fan who questioned whether or not Howard deserves to eventually make it to the Hall of Fame.

Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard

It’s no surprise that O’Neal feels this way, as he’s never been one to shy away from criticizing Howard. After Howard’s first couple of games in Taiwan, the 15-time All-Star stated that he wasn’t really impressed.

“He’s supposed to have 30 points playing against dudes 5’8,” O’Neal said. “… This league reminds me of the Life Time Fitness league every Saturday when I go work out on Saturday.”

Howard has only played six games in Taiwan so far and is recording 23.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

In 1,242 NBA games, the eight-time All-Star has put up 15.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Due to his many accomplishments in the league, Howard has a 99.7 percent chance of being named a Hall of Famer, according to Basketball Reference. Howard himself believes he’s a Hall of Famer, and there are plenty of people who agree with him.

O’Neal, of course, is already a Hall of Famer, having retired from the NBA back in 2011. He won four NBA titles during his playing days and recorded 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He’s often named alongside other Lakers legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as one of the best big men in the history of the sport.

As for Bhullar, he only has three NBA appearances to his name. However, he made history in his NBA debut by becoming the first player of Indian descent to play in the league. That’s something that will always be remembered and can’t ever be taken away from Bhullar, who has spent the majority of his professional career playing for different Taiwanese teams.

It’ll be interesting to see if Howard ends up responding to O’Neal. Howard has never been shy about calling him out and even challenged him to a wrestling match back in November.

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David is a University of Maryland graduate who has spent most of his life in Miami. He has experience in writing, editing and video production. He is a proud contributor of Lakers Daily.