Originally Posted by KG215
So one player having a 1st ballot HOF center at his peak as a teammate and the other player having 0 All-Star teammates doesn't mean anything? Right.
This wasn't just "any" point in their history. It was an early stage of their career at a young age getting their first taste/experience of a deep playoff run. So yes, in my opinion, things like role on the team, teammates, position, minutes played, etc. means something.
Kobe's points, assists and rebounds would likely be higher without Shaq. His efficiency would likely be lower.
Lebron's points, assists and rebounds would likely be lower with Shaq. His efficiency would likely be higher.