Who Was Better: Shaquille O’Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon?

Who Was Better, Shaquille O'Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon? | This is such a close comparison...
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Shaq was better because…

He still was a kid when they met in the Finals

When having this debate a lot of people bring up the 1995 finals. Olajuwon’s Rockets swept Shaq’s Magic, yes, but Shaq still was a kid back then, who had never been in a situation like that before (spotlight, all eyes on him) and Hakeem was experienced and used to situations like this, having been defending champion the year before. Nonetheless, Shaquille O’Neal played well in his first Finals appearance, averaging 28 points on 59.5% shooting, 12.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. I guess this part of the argument could have only been settled if prime Shaq had played prime Hakeem in a similar situation, which would not have been possible unfortunately.



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