O'Neal wasted no time establishing himself as an NBA star in his rookie season after being taken with the top pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He averaged a team-leading 23.4 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game, easily winning the Rookie of the Year award. He had the help of young swingman Nick Anderson, who posted 19.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists along the way, but the magic fell just short of the playoffs with a 41-41 record. Pictured: Orlando Magic players Shaquille O'Neal and Nick Anderson sit dejected on the bench during the Magic's 113-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night March 26, 1996 at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Fla.
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