Hakeem was better because…
He won the playoff matchups vs Shaq
Shaq never beat Hakeem in the playoffs. In the 1995 Finals, Hakeem took care of a young Shaq. Even later on when Shaq played in LA, Hakeem always had the upper hand (Yes, I realize they didn’t play much in Shaq’s prime in LA, but still).
Hakeem is 8-5 in the playoffs all-time vs Shaq. ‘Nuff said.