The ESPNBoston.com summer forecast rolls on with the panel of bloggers answering the question: what do you expect out of Shaq this season. First up, Chuck… who said 13 and 7:
Shaquille O'Neal will be one of the team's best bench players who could see crunch-time minutes depending on matchups and foul trouble.
Jay and I pretty much had the same numbers pegged. I went with 20 minutes, 10 points, 7 rebounds… with Jay projecting:
He'll obviously be more relied upon earlier in the season, but will be relegated to a lesser role once Perk returns. With that being said, his final averages will look something like this: 18 MPG, 10 PPG, 7 RPG with slightly higher numbers early on.
What do you guys think? If Shaq put up those numbers, would you be happy? If not, what do you need out of him to make this season a success?