Jermaine Lee O’Neal (born October 13, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player. The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 255 lb (115 kg) forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th overall pick, but O’Neal was unable to break into the first team in Portland and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000. In his eight seasons with the club, he was voted an NBA All-Star six times, made the All-NBA teams three times, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2001–02 season. He also helped Indiana reach the NBA Playoffs six times, including the Conference Finals in the 2003–04 season. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors before the 2008–09 season began, and traded to the Miami Heat midway through the same season. O’Neal joined the Boston Celtics prior to the 2010–11 season. In 2012, he signed with the Suns, and in the offseason of 2013, he signed with the Warriors.
On July 23, 2013, O’Neal signed with the Golden State Warriors. On December 13, 2013, O’Neal underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. He returned to action on February 4, 2014.
Feeling exhausted, O’Neal decided to sit out of the 2014-15 NBA season. He still contacted Warriors general manager Bob Myers during the offseason, saying he was impressed with his teammates and the squad did not need roster changes. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals. Despite more than a year inactive, O’Neal still hadn’t delivered his retirement papers to the NBA in February 2016.
Career highlights and awards
6× NBA All-Star (2002–2007)
All-NBA Second Team (2004)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2002–2003)
NBA Most Improved Player (2002)
Competitor for United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan National team
Gold medal – first place 2001 Brisbane National team