Highest-paid NBA players by season

The highest-paid NBA players by season has recently eclipsed $40 million. Larry Bird was the first player to earn $5 million or more with a salary of $7,070,000 in the 1991-92 season. Magic Johnson became the first player to earn $10 million or more in the 94-95 season with a salary of $14,660,000. Patrick Ewing became the first player to earn $15 million or more in the 95-96 season with a salary of $18,724,000. Michael Jordan was the first NBA player to sign a contract worth over $20 million and in fact it exceeded $30 million as well in a season; this was a record he had held for 15 years. During the 1997–98 season, Jordan earned $33,140,000, which still stands as the most any NBA player has earned on a 1-year contract. Jordan also holds the record for the second largest 1-year contract at $30,140,000 in the 1996-97 season. Kobe Bryant become just the second player to reach this milestone when the 2013–14 season began.[1] LeBron James became the third in the 2016–17 season. Stephen Curry became the first player to eclipse $40 million per year when he signed a record 5-year contract worth $201 million in 2017, starting with $34,682,550 in the 2017-18 season and ending with the largest earnings in the 2021-22 season with a record payout of $45,780,966.

Beginning in the 1984–85 NBA season, the NBA's first salary cap was introduced. The NBA salary cap is the maximum dollar amount each NBA team can spend on its players for the season. However, the NBA uses a "soft" salary cap, which means that significant "salary exceptions" allow NBA teams to exceed their allotted amount in order to sign players. The salary cap is determined during the offseason, but as stated earlier, it is liable to change.[2]

An exception is necessary to sign a player for a contract that would exceed the salary cap threshold of the "soft cap". The Larry Bird exception, more commonly known as Bird Rights, allows teams to re-sign a current player only if he has played for that particular team for a minimum of three years.[3] Another exception, known as the mid-level exception, allows for teams that are over the salary cap to sign one or more players as long as they do not exceed the total amount of the average NBA salary.[4] Next, the bi-annual exception can be used by teams every other year to sign a free agent(s) for up to two years at an amount set by the NBA.[5] Finally, the rookie player exception allows any NBA team to sign their first-round draft pick to a contract based upon a scale previously set forth by the NBA. Another option for teams would be to assign players to a league-assigned minimum salary contract for a maximum of two years.

According to 2010–11 NBA season game performance, the league's best players were not its highest-paid players. Each year there are ten players selected to one of the two All-NBA Teams. Out of those ten players chosen that year, Kobe Bryant was the only player that was also among the game's ten highest-paid during the 2010–11 NBA season.[6]

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Michael Jordan, who earned $33,140,000 in the 1997–98 NBA season, attempts a slam dunk at the old Boston Garden.

2020s

2019–2020

Player [7] Salary Team
Stephen Curry $40,231,758 Golden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook $38,506,482 Houston Rockets
Chris Paul $38,506,482 Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant $38,199,000 Brooklyn Nets
James Harden $38,199,000 Houston Rockets
John Wall $38,199,000 Washington Wizards
LeBron James $37,436,858 Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Lowry $34,996,296 Toronto Raptors
Blake Griffin $34,449,964 Detroit Pistons
Paul George $33,005,556 Los Angeles Clippers

2010s

2018–2019

Player [8] Salary Team
Stephen Curry $37,457,154 Golden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook $35,665,000 Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul $35,654,150 Houston Rockets
LeBron James $35,654,150 Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Lowry $32,700,000 Toronto Raptors
Blake Griffin $31,873,932 Detroit Pistons
Gordon Hayward $31,214,295 Boston Celtics
James Harden $30,570,000 Houston Rockets
Paul George $30,560,700 Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Conley Jr. $30,521,115 Memphis Grizzlies

2017–2018

Player [9] Salary Team
Stephen Curry $34,682,550 Golden State Warriors
LeBron James $33,285,709 Cleveland Cavaliers
Paul Millsap $30,769,231 Denver Nuggets
Gordon Hayward $29,727,900 Boston Celtics
Blake Griffin $29,512,900 Los Angeles Clippers/Detroit Pistons
Kyle Lowry $28,903,704 Toronto Raptors
Mike Conley Jr. $28,530,608 Memphis Grizzlies
Russell Westbrook $28,299,399 Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden $28,299,399 Houston Rockets
DeMar DeRozan $27,739,975 Toronto Raptors

2016–2017

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LeBron James became the third player to sign a contract worth over thirty million dollars in a season, after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Player [10] Salary Team
LeBron James $30,963,450 Cleveland Cavaliers
Al Horford $26,540,100 Boston Celtics
DeMar DeRozan $26,540,100 Toronto Raptors
James Harden $26,540,100 Houston Rockets
Kevin Durant $26,540,100 Golden State Warriors
Russell Westbrook $26,540,100 Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Conley Jr. $26,540,100 Memphis Grizzlies
Dirk Nowitzki $25,000,000 Dallas Mavericks
Carmelo Anthony $24,559,380 New York Knicks
Damian Lillard $24,328,425 Portland Trail Blazers

2015–2016

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Kobe Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year career in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform, was the highest-paid player in the league from the 2009–10 until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015–16 season.
Player [11] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $25,000,000 Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James $22,970,500 Cleveland Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony $22,875,000 New York Knicks
Dwight Howard $22,359,364 Houston Rockets
Chris Bosh $22,192,730 Miami Heat
Chris Paul $21,468,695 Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Durant $20,158,622 Oklahoma City Thunder
Derrick Rose $20,093,064 Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade $20,000,000 Miami Heat
LaMarcus Aldridge $19,689,000 San Antonio Spurs

2014–2015

Player [12] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $23,500,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Amar'e Stoudemire $23,410,988 New York Knicks
Joe Johnson $23,180,790 Brooklyn Nets
Carmelo Anthony $22,458,401 New York Knicks
Dwight Howard $21,436,271 Houston Rockets
Chris Bosh $20,644,400 Miami Heat
LeBron James $20,644,400 Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Paul $20,068,563 Los Angeles Clippers
Deron Williams $19,754,465 Brooklyn Nets
Rudy Gay $19,317,326 Sacramento Kings

2013–2014

Player [13] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $30,453,805 Los Angeles Lakers
Dirk Nowitzki $22,721,381 Dallas Mavericks
Amar'e Stoudemire $21,679,893 New York Knicks
Joe Johnson $21,466,718 Brooklyn Nets
Carmelo Anthony $21,388,953 New York Knicks
Dwight Howard $20,513,178 Houston Rockets
Pau Gasol $19,285,850 Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Bosh $19,067,500 Miami Heat
LeBron James $19,067,500 Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade $18,673,000 Miami Heat

2012–2013

Player [14] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $30,453,805 Los Angeles Lakers
Dirk Nowitzki $20,907,128 Dallas Mavericks
Amar'e Stoudemire $19,948,799 New York Knicks
Joe Johnson $19,752,645 Brooklyn Nets
Carmelo Anthony $19,444,503 New York Knicks
Pau Gasol $19,285,850 Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Bosh $19,067,500 Miami Heat
LeBron James $19,067,500 Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade $18,673,000 Miami Heat
Chris Paul $18,668,431 Los Angeles Clippers

2011–2012

Player [15] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $25,244,493 Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Garnett $21,247,044 Boston Celtics
Tim Duncan $21,164,619 San Antonio Spurs
Rashard Lewis $21,136,631 Washington Wizards
Dirk Nowitzki $19,092,873 Dallas Mavericks
Pau Gasol $18,714,150 Los Angeles Lakers
Carmelo Anthony $18,518,574 New York Knicks
Amar'e Stoudemire $18,217,705 New York Knicks
Elton Brand $18,160,355 Philadelphia 76ers
Dwight Howard $18,091,770 Orlando Magic

2010–2011

Player [16] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $24,806,250 Los Angeles Lakers
Rashard Lewis $19,573,711 Washington Wizards
Tim Duncan $18,835,381 San Antonio Spurs
Kevin Garnett $18,832,044 Boston Celtics
Michael Redd $18,300,000 Milwaukee Bucks
Andrei Kirilenko $17,823,000 Utah Jazz
Pau Gasol $17,823,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Gilbert Arenas $17,730,694 Washington Wizards
Yao Ming $17,686,100 Houston Rockets
Zach Randolph $17,666,666 Memphis Grizzlies

2009–2010

Player [17] Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $23,034,375 Los Angeles Lakers
Jermaine O'Neal $23,016,000 Miami Heat
Tracy McGrady $22,843,124 New York Knicks
Tim Duncan $22,183,220 San Antonio Spurs
Shaquille O'Neal $21,000,000 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dirk Nowitzki $19,795,714 Dallas Mavericks
Paul Pierce $19,795,712 Boston Celtics
Ray Allen $18,776,860 Boston Celtics
Rashard Lewis $18,010,791 Orlando Magic
Michael Redd $17,040,000 Milwaukee Bucks

2000s

2008–2009

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Kevin Garnett was the highest-paid player during the 2008–09, 2007–08, and 2006–07 seasons; he relinquished that position to Shaquille O'Neal for two seasons, but was also the highest-paid player during the 2003–04, 2002–03, 2001–02, and 2000–01 seasons.
Player [18] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $24,751,934 Boston Celtics
Jason Kidd $21,372,000 Dallas Mavericks
Jermaine O'Neal $21,372,000 Toronto Raptors
Kobe Bryant $21,262,500 Los Angeles Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal $21,000,000 Phoenix Suns
Allen Iverson $20,840,625 Detroit Pistons
Stephon Marbury $20,840,625 Boston Celtics
Tim Duncan $20,598,704 San Antonio Spurs
Tracy McGrady $20,370,437 Houston Rockets
Ray Allen $18,388,430 Boston Celtics

2007–2008

Player [20] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $23,751,934 Boston Celtics
Shaquille O'Neal $21,000,000 Phoenix Suns
Jason Kidd $19,728,000 New Jersey Nets
Jermaine O'Neal $19,728,000 Indiana Pacers
Kobe Bryant $19,490,625 Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan $19,014,188 San Antonio Spurs
Allen Iverson $19,012,500 Denver Nuggets
Stephon Marbury $19,012,500 New York Knicks
Tracy McGrady $18,257,750 Houston Rockets
Baron Davis $16,440,000 Golden State Warriors

2006–2007

Player [21] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $21,000,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Shaquille O'Neal $20,000,000 Miami Heat
Jason Kidd $18,084,000 New Jersey Nets
Jermaine O'Neal $18,084,000 Indiana Pacers
Kobe Bryant $17,718,750 Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan $17,429,673 San Antonio Spurs
Allen Iverson $17,184,375 Philadelphia 76ers
Stephon Marbury $17,184,375 New York Knicks
Tracy McGrady $16,901,500 Houston Rockets
Grant Hill $16,901,500 Orlando Magic

2005–2006

Player [22] Salary Team
Shaquille O'Neal $20,000,000 Miami Heat
Allan Houston $19,125,000 New York Knicks
Chris Webber $19,125,000 Philadelphia 76ers
Kevin Garnett $18,000,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Iverson $16,453,125 Philadelphia 76ers
Stephon Marbury $16,453,125 New York Knicks
Jason Kidd $16,440,000 New Jersey Nets
Jermaine O'Neal $16,440,000 Indiana Pacers
Kobe Bryant $15,946,875 Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Finley $15,937,500 Dallas Mavericks

2004–2005

Player [23] Salary Team
Shaquille O'Neal $27,696,430 Miami Heat
Dikembe Mutombo $19,485,719 New Jersey Nets/Houston Rockets
Allan Houston $17,531,250 New York Knicks
Chris Webber $17,531,250 Sacramento Kings
Kevin Garnett $16,000,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jason Kidd $14,796,000 New Jersey Nets
Jermaine O'Neal $14,796,000 Indiana Pacers
Shareef Abdur-Rahim $14,625,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Ray Allen $14,625,000 Seattle SuperSonics
Anfernee Hardaway $14,625,000 New York Knicks
Zydrunas Ilgauskas $14,625,000 Cleveland Cavaliers
Allen Iverson $14,625,000 Philadelphia 76ers
Stephon Marbury $14,625,000 New York Knicks
Latrell Sprewell $14,625,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Antoine Walker $14,625,000 Atlanta Hawks

2003–2004

Player [24] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $28,000,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Shaquille O'Neal $26,571,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Rasheed Wallace $18,000,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Dikembe Mutombo $17,895,000 New York Knicks
Allan Houston $15,937,000 New York Knicks
Chris Webber $15,937,000 Sacramento Kings
Damon Stoudamire $14,625,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Penny Hardaway $13,500,000 Phoenix Suns
Latrell Sprewell $13,500,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Antonio McDyess $13,500,000 Phoenix Suns

2002–2003

Player[25] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $25,200,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Shaquille O'Neal $23,571,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Shawn Kemp $21,500,000 Orlando Magic
Juwan Howard $20,625,000 Denver Nuggets
Scottie Pippen $19,727,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Karl Malone $19,250,000 Utah Jazz
Rasheed Wallace $16,200,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Dikembe Mutombo $16,105,000 New Jersey Nets
Chris Webber $14,343,000 Sacramento Kings
Damon Stoudamire $13,500,000 Portland Trail Blazers

2001–2002

Player[26] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $22,400,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Shaquille O'Neal $21,428,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Alonzo Mourning $18,756,000 Miami Heat
Juwan Howard $18,750,000 Denver Nuggets
Scottie Pippen $18,083,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Karl Malone $17,500,000 Utah Jazz
Rasheed Wallace $14,400,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Dikembe Mutombo $14,315,000 Philadelphia 76ers
Gary Payton $12,926,000 Seattle SuperSonics
Shawn Kemp $12,770,000 Portland Trail Blazers

2000–2001

Player[27] Salary Team
Kevin Garnett $19,600,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Shaquille O'Neal $19,285,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Alonzo Mourning $16,879,000 Miami Heat
Juwan Howard $16,875,000 Washington Wizards
Hakeem Olajuwon $16,685,000 Houston Rockets
Karl Malone $15,750,000 Utah Jazz
Dikembe Mutombo $14,422,000 Philadelphia 76ers
Patrick Ewing $14,000,000 Seattle SuperSonics
David Robinson $13,196,000 San Antonio Spurs
Scottie Pippen $13,151,000 Portland Trail Blazers

1999–2000

Player[28] Salary Team
Shaquille O'Neal $17,142,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Garnett $16,806,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Alonzo Mourning $15,004,000 Miami Heat
Juwan Howard $15,000,000 Washington Wizards
Scottie Pippen $14,795,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Karl Malone $14,000,000 Utah Jazz
Larry Johnson $11,910,000 New York Knicks
Gary Payton $11,020,000 Seattle SuperSonics
Rasheed Wallace $10,800,000 Portland Trail Blazers
Shawn Kemp $10,780,000 Cleveland Cavaliers

1990s

1998–1999

Player[29] Salary Team
Patrick Ewing $18,500,000 New York Knicks
Shaquille O'Neal $17,000,000 Los Angeles Lakers
David Robinson $14,841,000 San Antonio Spurs
Kevin Garnett $14,000,000 Minnesota Timberwolves
Alonzo Mourning $13,130,000 Miami Heat
Juwan Howard $13,125,000 Washington Wizards
Hakeem Olajuwon $12,943,000 Houston Rockets
Dikembe Mutombo $11,218,000 Atlanta Hawks
Jayson Williams $11,000,000 New Jersey Nets
Scottie Pippen $11,000,000 Houston Rockets

1997-1998

Player[30] Salary Team
Michael Jordan $33,140,000 Chicago Bulls
Patrick Ewing $20,500,000 New York Knicks
Horace Grant $14,285,714 Orlando Magic
Shaquille O'Neal $12,857,143 Los Angeles Lakers
David Robinson $12,397,440 San Antonio Spurs
Alonzo Mourning $11,254,800 Miami Heat
Juwan Howard $11,250,000 Washington Wizards
Hakeem Olajuwon $11,156,000 Houston Rockets
Gary Payton $10,514,688 Seattle SuperSonics
Dikembe Mutombo $9,615,187 Atlanta Hawks

1996-1997

Player[31] Salary Team
Michael Jordan $30,140,000 Chicago Bulls
Horace Grant $14,857,000 Orlando Magic
Reggie Miller $11,250,000 Indiana Pacers
Shaquille O'Neal $10,714,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Gary Payton $10,212,000 Seattle SuperSonics
David Robinson $9,952,000 San Antonio Spurs
Juwan Howard $9,750,000 Washington Wizards
Hakeem Olajuwon $9,655,000 Houston Rockets
Alonzo Mourning $9,380,000 Miami Heat
Dennis Rodman $9,000,000 Chicago Bulls

1995-1996

Player[32] Salary Team
Patrick Ewing $18,724,000 New York Knicks
Clyde Drexler $9,810,000 Houston Rockets
David Robinson $7,700,000 San Antonio Spurs
Chris Webber $7,000,000 Washington Bullets
Joe Dumars $6,881,000 Detroit Pistons
Danny Manning $6,833,000 Phoenix Suns
A.C. Green $6,473,000 Phoenix Suns
Shaquille O'Neal $5,700,000 Orlando Magic
Derrick Coleman $5,476,000 Philadelphia 76ers
Sean Elliott $5,333,000 San Antonio Spurs

See also

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List of highest paid Major League Baseball players

The highest-paid player in Major League Baseball (MLB) from the 2018 Major League Baseball season is Los Angeles Angels' Center Fielder Mike Trout with an annual salary of $34,000,000 on a 7 year contract for $426,500,000. MLB does not have a hard salary cap, instead employing a luxury tax which applies to teams whose total payroll exceeds certain set thresholds for a given season. Free agency did not exist in MLB prior to the end of the reserve clause in the 1970s, allowing owners before that time to wholly dictate the terms of player negotiations and resulting in significantly lower salaries. Babe Ruth, widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players ever, earned an estimated $910,696 ($15,003,567 inflation-adjusted from 1931 dollars) over his entire playing career. When asked whether he thought he deserved to earn $80,000 a year ($1,199,841 inflation-adjusted), while the president, Herbert Hoover, had a $75,000 salary, Ruth famously remarked, "What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did."Alex Rodriguez has signed two record-breaking contracts over the course of his career. First, he signed a $252 million, 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers in December 2000 ($366,629,565 inflation-adjusted from 2000 dollars). Sandy Alderson called the deal "stupefying", while Sports Illustrated noted that Rodriguez's early salaries under the contract ($21 million) would be greater than the annual payroll of the entire Minnesota Twins team that year ($15.8 million). The deal was the largest sports contract in history, doubling the total value of Kevin Garnett's $126 million National Basketball Association contract (the previous record holder) and more than doubling Mike Hampton's $121 million contract, the previous MLB record which had been signed just days before. The Rangers later traded Rodriguez to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano before the 2004 season, though they agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million outstanding on the contract. Despite this, he opted out of the remainder of his deal after the 2007 season and renegotiated a new $275 million, 10-year agreement with the Yankees, breaking his own record for the largest sports contract. Under this deal, Rodriguez also receives $6 million each if and when he ties the career home run totals of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762), along with another $6 million for breaking Bonds' mark.First base was the highest-paid position in 2010; regular starters at that position earned an average salary of $9,504,165 in compared to an overall average of $3,014,572. Pitcher Nolan Ryan was the first player to earn an annual salary above $1 million, signing a $4.5 million, 4-year contract with the Houston Astros in 1979. Kirby Puckett and Rickey Henderson signed the first contracts which paid an average of $3 million a year in November 1989, in 1990 Jose Canseco signed for 5 years and $23.5 million, making him the first player to earn an average of $4 million a year. It was until 2010 when the MLB average salary rose above that same mark. Five of the twenty highest-paid players in 2013 were members of the Yankees. Their team payroll for 2013 was $228,835,490, roughly $12 million above the second-largest Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees have drawn criticism for their payroll, with some claiming it undermines the parity of MLB.

List of player salaries in the NHL

Here are several lists of National Hockey League players' salaries since the 1989–90 NHL season. This list does not include income from corporate endorsements or salaries before 1988–89.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He is considered one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. At 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall and 325 pounds (147 kg), he was one of the tallest and heaviest players ever. O'Neal played for six teams over his 19-year career.

Following his time at Louisiana State University, O'Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992–93 and leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. They won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Amid tension between O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, and his fourth NBA championship followed in 2006. Midway through the 2007–2008 season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O'Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009–10 season. O'Neal played for the Boston Celtics in the 2010–11 season before retiring.O'Neal's individual accolades include the 1999–2000 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, two scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year (2000); the other players are Willis Reed in 1970 and Michael Jordan in 1996 and 1998. He ranks 8th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, and 8th in blocks. Largely due to his ability to dunk the basketball, O'Neal also ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (58.2%). O'Neal was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. He was elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017.In addition to his basketball career, O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. O'Neal is also an electronic music producer, and touring DJ, known as DIESEL. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. He is also the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K League.

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