Shaq was better because…
Hakeem did not play against better competition
A summary of Shaq’s opponents:
Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo, Mitch Richmond, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Yao Ming, Ben Wallace and Jermaine O’Neal, to only name a few.
Players like Ewing, Robinson, Malone and Mutombo all played against Shaq in their and in his prime. Just look up how often they’ve been named into the All-Star game together.