On this date in 1993, Shaquille O'Neal of Orlando Magic was named the NBA Rookie of the Year after having a spectacular season. Shaquille averaged 23.4 points (eighth in the NBA), 13.9 rebounds (second) and 3.53 blocks per game (second), leading the Magic (41-41) to an improvement of 20 wins over the previous season.
The Orlando Magic drafted O'Neal with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. The 7-foot-1 phenom out of LSU arrived in the NBA with a 7"1 frame and weighing around 300 pounds. Shaq was welcomed to the NBA and immediately made his presence known in his debut when he scored 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Later that week O'Neal was named the Player of the Week in his first week in the NBA, becoming the first player to do so.
He was named the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year and became the first rookie to be voted an All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1985. The Magic finished 41–41, winning 20 more games than the previous season; however, the team ultimately missed the playoffs by virtue of a tie-breaker with the Indiana Pacers.