Shaquille O’Neal or Hakeem Olajuwon: Who Is the Better Player?

December 20th, 2009 by Shyne IV Leave a reply »

This past summer, I wrote a quick Scattered Thoughts piece in which I touched on the SLAM Magazine 's top 50 players of all time. For those that forgot, here is the top 15 (of that top 50):

1. The GOAT: Michael Jordan
2. Mr. 100: Wilt Chamberlain
3. Mr. Rings: Bill Russell
4. Diesel: Shaquille O'Neal
5. Mr. Trip Dub: Oscar Robertson
6. Magic Johnson
7. Mr. Skyhook: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
8. Groundhog Day: Tim Duncan
9. Basketball Jesus: Larry Bird
10. Mr. Clutch: Jerry West
11. Draft Lottery Veteran: Elgin Baylor
12. Black Mamba: Kobe Bryant
13. The Dream: Hakeem Olajuwon
14. Bob Petit
15. Dr. J: Julius Erving

I contended that Shaquille O'Neal is far too high on that top 50 list. Not only is he too high, I felt as though Hakeem Olajuwon deserves to be higher on the list.

Then I started thinking about it some more, and asked ...

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