During his legendary NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal made $286,344,668 in NBA money, per Spotrac.
Shaq began his Hall of Fame career with the Orlando Magic. He made $3 million during his rookie season and won the Rookie of the Year Award. O’Neal finished the 1992-93 season with averages of 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.5 blocks per game.
In his second year, Shaquille O’Neal earned $3,900,000. He put up 29.3 points and 13.2 boards. The Big Aristotle made $4,800,000 in Year 3 and $5,700,000 in Year 4. O’Neal averaged 29.3 points and 11.4 rebounds in Year 3 and 26.6 points and 11.0 boards in Year 4.
In the summer of 1996, Shaq signed a seven-year, $120 million free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Diesel made $10,714,000 in his first season with the Lakers. O’Neal averaged 26.2 points and 12.5 boards.
Shaquille O’Neal’s second season with the Lakers saw the center make $12,857,143 and average 28.3 points and 11.4 rebounds. The third year of the massive contract paid Superman only $9,146,341 but he still averaged 26.3 points and 10.7 rebounds.
O’Neal earned $17,142,858 in his fourth season with the Lakers. He averaged 29.7 points and 13.6 rebounds en route to winning the MVP award. The Lakers also defeated the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Finals for Shaq and Kobe Bryant’s first ring of the three-peat.
Shaquille O’Neal made $19,285,715 in 2000-01, $21,428,572 in 2001-02 and $23,571,429 in 2002-03. The superstar then signed a three-year, $88.5 million extension with the Lakers prior to the start of the 2003-04 campaign. Shaq made $24,749,999 in 2003-04, which was his final year with the Lakers.
Los Angeles traded O’Neal to the Miami Heat in the summer of 2004. O’Neal made $27,696,430 in his first season with the Heat and averaged 22.9 points and 10.4 rebounds. He was playing with a young Dwyane Wade.
During the 2005-06 season, Shaquille O’Neal earned $20 million and helped the Heat win the championship in six games over the Dallas Mavericks. Wade won Finals MVP but Shaq was huge with his play in the post per usual.
O’Neal made $20 million again from the Heat in 2006-07. Miami then traded the big fella to the Phoenix Suns during the 2007-08 season. O’Neal made $20 million that year, too.
Shaquille O’Neal played 103 games for the Suns and made $41 million. Phoenix traded Shaq to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2009. O’Neal appeared in 53 games with LeBron James and the Cavs and earned $20 million.
In the summer of 2010, O’Neal signed a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Boston Celtics. He made $1,352,181 during the 2010-11 season but only played in 37 games.
Shaquille O’Neal finished his NBA career with averages of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He won four titles, three Finals MVP awards and was a 15-time All-Star.
Shaq was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.