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Shaquille O'Neal vs. Wilt Chamberlain in a game of 1-on-1 -- The Battle of Two Giants

Shaquille O'Neal vs Wilt Chamberlain in a game of 1-on-1 for the title of the most dominant player in NBA history

One dominated the golden era of big men. The other had an unprecedented statistical run in NBA history. But the common denominator for Shaquille O'Neal and Wilt Chamberlain is their unmatched physical presence on the floor.

We spend so much time talking about how would each all-time great adjust to playing in a different era. Then there are guys like the aforementioned Hall of Famers, who would dominate no matter the era, style of play, or rules, for that matter. 

Not all basketball skill is transferable. But physical attributes are. Chamberlain's numbers wouldn't have been video-game-like had he played in the 1990s. O'Neal's stats probably would be a lot more like Wilt's had he played in the 1960s. But both of them would still be two of the most dominant forces the NBA has ever seen.

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“It’s either me or Wilt [Chamberlain],” O’Neal said when asked about who are the most dominant players in the league history. “I already passed Wilt in championships. When I signed a two-year deal with Boston, I was chasing that fifth ring to catch up with Kobe, but I was also chasing points to catch up with Wilt."

Most people would agree with Shaq -- he and Chamberlain are the two most dominant basketball forces to ever lace 'em up. The only thing left to do is to decide which of the two is the more dominant one? And what better way to do it than to match them up head to head?

Two giants, in a game of 11, for the title of the most dominant player in NBA history. Let's see what happens.

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