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 had a better Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares (WS)

Career PER:

Shaq: 26.43 (4th all-time)

Hakeem: 23.59 (16th)


Career WS:

Shaq: 181.71 (11th all-time)

Hakeem: 162.77 (20th)

It would seem to me that, on either the timescale of entire career or best seasons, Shaquille has better numbers than Hakeem. Hakeem undoubtedly had a more polished jumper and was considerably better from the free throw line, but in terms of overall contribution to team success, Shaq is on a very elite list.



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