Jermaine O’Neal had a good season despite not having a lot of help on the Pacers. He played in 69 games and averaged 35.6 minutes, 19.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 blocks per game last season. O’Neal’s shooting from the floor was down a little bit as he only hit 43.6% of his shots. He often faced double teams which was part of the reason for his low shooting %. O’Neal did shoot 76.7% from the free throw line which was a huge improvement over his career numbers.
O’Neal’s career numbers have improved almost every season and most of them did again this year. He has now played in 683 games and he has averaged 28.2 minutes, 14.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game over his NBA career. He now has a career shooting percentage of 46.1% from the floor and 70.3% from the free throw line. Look for O’Neal’s numbers to continue to improve in the near future. He was a bench player before he got to the Pacers and that’s why his career numbers do not look that impressive.