Hakeem is clearly the better player, he had a 3 year stretch(93-95) that Kobe never really came close to, however based on career accomplishments i can see why someone would want to have Kobe ahead all time, even though i wouldn't agree with it.
2x NBA Champion
2x NBA Finals MVP
1x NBA MVP
1x All Star Game MVP
3x All NBA First Team
3x All-Defensive First Team
There aren't many players who have done better.
Kobe has had one of the best 3 year runs of any NBA player ever.
Originally Posted by Fatal9
So we're looking at a three year stretch where he got 30/6/6/2 on 47 FG%, 51 eFG%, 57 TS% including some epic series. 2 rings, 3 finals. Not many have done it better...agreed.
His conference finals series:
29/6/4 53% vs. Spurs (who just a year before embarassed Lebron and were top 3 defense)
34/6/6 on 48% vs. Nuggets (shut down Chris Paul that year and top 10 defense)
34/7/8 on 52% vs. Suns (who after the all-star break were top 5 defense)
Those years were Jordanesque (Jordan > Kobe, before anyone claim I said otherwise).
Not even Kenny Smith claims Olajuwon was better than Kobe.
Second best player in the early 90's: Barkley. Second best player of the late 90's: Malone. Olajuwon was lucky (not his fault, of course, congrats to him) to have peaked when Jordan retired. Olajuwon was never in serious GOAT level discussion when he was playing. People here treat him like he was Kareem or Wilt.