Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson star in 2016 Hall of Fame class

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Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson headline a 10-person class inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Perhaps the most dominating big-man ever, the 7-foot-one-inch center O’Neal finished his career with four NBA titles in six Finals appearances. He also won an MVP and his career finished in the top-ten for all-time scoring in the league.

At just above 6 feet tall, Iverson was one of the most polarizing small guards ever. The larger than life star locked up four scoring titles in his career.

During his 2001 MVP season, Iverson lead the Philadelphia 76ers into a finals matchup with O’Neal’s Lakers. Iverson’s squad lost 4-1, but his 48 points in the lone win is among the greatest final performances ever.

7’6″ center Yao Ming also joins the 2016 class. Foot injuries caused Ming to prematurely retire after eight seasons of All-Star calibur play. The Chinese-born center finished his career averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds. He also opened many doors for international players and he bridged the gap between the NBA and China.

Other notable names in this class include WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes and Michigan St. head coach Tom Izzo.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Sept. 9 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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