Originally Posted by ThaRegul8r
Which was complete nonsense. He shouldn't have been voted a Top 50 player in his third season in the league. Obviously he would become one, but the voting was for that particular point in time in 1996. What happened after that is irrelevant. You conduct another vote at a later date if you wish, at which point Shaq would be wholly deserving.
I definitely agree with you in terms of the premature proclamation of Shaq's all time status. I was simply pointing out that receiving that adulation (irrespective of how unwarranted it was at the time) strengthens the premise that he was recognized as a superstar by then.