Shaq was the better play and its not close.
Better impact on the offense end.
Consistently led his teams to 50+ wins even when he had garbage casts.
Shaq didnt get 1st teams on defense because the award is usually given to the wrong player or to specalists like Mutombo/Wallace.
Hakeem is the best defensive C ever in a class where I'd only put DRob in but Shaq is in the class right after that.
He was one of the best in the league in terms of M2M Defense, shot blocking and protecting the paint.
Hakeem was better at help defense and steals which is the main reason he was a better defender.
Shaq was a better playoff performer, produced at a higher level, had an incomparably more dominant Prime and faced the same and better competition.
There is no debate to who is the better player unless your a biased troll named spitwad.