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|Shaq Or Olajuwon? by sharetroll(m): 12:55am On Mar 08, 2007|
I'm taking Dream (Olajuwon) on this one. Skill wise. . .Dream was the most complete big man offensively and defensively to ever play, and its his defense that separates him. The only player in NBA history with over 3500 blocks ( Shaq has 2300) and 2000 steals (Shaq has I think 693), that is just unbelievable. Players are usually always defined by their offensive stats and gifts (except for Russell) but Defense is usually always left out. That is the difference when comparing the best all-around skilled Big man.
Dream could do it all.
Shaq has more rings and more finals appearances because he's been on better teams, with better coaches and better teammates. That's why Hakeem's accomplishments are even better considering what he had to work with.
True Shaq has a higher FG percentage, but consider 99% of his shots are dunks or layups. Hakeem's shots were from all over the floor, just under the 3point line. His FG% should be compared to that of guards and small forwards, and for him to be averaging above 50%, AMAZING!
Shaq's defense was average, I'm not taking that away from him but it is not in the same category as Hakeem's D. Again, you can make the comparison on offense but on defense there is no comparison.
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