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Pau Gasol and Shaquille O’Neal got swept the most in the playoffs but one player is by far the unluckiest in the postseason

Getting swept in the playoffs is part of the journey of an NBA player. Pau Gasol and Shaquille O'Neal got swept six times each. But the unluckiest player of them all might be Rudy Gay.
Pau Gasol, Shaquille O’Neal got swept the most in the playoffs. But they’re not the unluckiest.

Pau Gasol and Shaquille are both NBA champions but they also experienced their fair share of losing in the playoffs

Pau Gasol and Shaquille O'Neal are legendary big men, but unknown to many, they also hold the distinction as the most swept players in the history of the NBA. However, one forward could claim to be the unluckiest of them all.

Most to get swept in playoffs

There were talks about how the Brooklyn Nets lost embarrassingly at the hands of the Boston Celtics. A team that parades Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn't stand a chance against Jayson Tatum and company. KD and Kyrie shouldn't be ashamed as other superstars suffered the same fate: LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain, among others. But the infamous record of having the most sweeps in the playoffs belongs to two L.A. Lakers big men.

Gasol and Shaq have been swept the most times in the history of the league: six times to be exact. Pau experienced this as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, O'Neal got swept while playing for the L.A. Lakers, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat. One good thing about it is that they were also able to win titles in teams they tallied 0-4 with Shaq with the Lakers and Heat while Gasol won with the Lakers.

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The only player who could beat Shaq and Pau in terms of being unlucky is Rudy Gay. When the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz in the first round, that meant Gay's streak of not making it past the first round continues. In his 15 years in the league, Rudy has never won a playoff series. He's been on some pretty solid teams, too.

Gay played for the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, and the Jazz. in 2010, the Grizzlies made the postseason but without him because of an injury. In 2012, Memphis was also in the playoffs, but the L.A. Clippers proved too much for Mike Conley Jr., Zach Randolph, Gay, and Marc Gasol.

When we talk about winning titles and advancing to the second round, Pau and Shaq are still considered lucky and blessed than Gay. Now that Rudy is approaching the end of his career, his window to make the 2nd round of playoffs or win a title is closing soon. His best chance is to join a contender next year. Is there still a slot open in Milwaukee or Golden State?

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