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Who was better: Shaq or Kareem?

By just his second season with the Bucks, Kareem had won a ring and a Finals MVP trophy It took Shaq until his eighth season to accomplish the same feat For his career, Kareem averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game Shaq, meanwhile, averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game Kareem was such an effective scorer thanks to his unguardable sky-hook shot Shaq had underrated touch, but moreso dominated with his brute strength Kareem was an incredible defender in his prime. He made 11 All-Defensive teams Shaq was a less interested defender, especially later in his career Kareem was a career 72.1 percent free-throw shooter. There was no Hack-A-Kareem But Shaq shot much better from the field, leading the NBA in FG% 10 times After winning a Finals MVP in 1971, Kareem won it one more time in 1985 No other player has won Finals MVP 14 years apart, which speaks to Kareem's ridiculous longevity O'Neal won three Finals MVPs in the early 2000s with the Lakers Kareem won many of his rings as a sidekick to Magic Johnson While Shaq was the go-to guy for the Lakers during their three title runs Kareem took home six MVP trophies and six championships Shaq only won one MVP, and had two fewer titles in his career To this day, Kareem has the most points scored in NBA history Shaq is No. 8 on that list Decision Despite Shaq's unforgettable play, Kareem was more transcendent Abdul-Jabbar is our pick
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