Originally Posted by aj1987
Not really. Dude just took a shit ton of shots and played in the worst era ever.
A PEAK Kareem played four years in the Wilt-era, and never approached the overwhelming domination that a PRIME Chamberlain had carpet-bombed the NBA with. NOR was he even remotely close to as dominant against the SAME centers that a PRIME Wilt just annihilated. Guys like Dierking, Imhoff, Reed, Bellamy, and Thurmond. Hell, a past-his-prime Wilt was more dominant against Dierking and Jim Fox IN the Kareem era.
And yet, a 38-39 and even 40 year old Kareem just CRUSHED a 23-25 year Hakeem in their 14 H2H's in that same span, and overall, a 38-41 year old Kareem outscored a 23-26 year old Hakeem in their 23 career H2H's, and outshot him from the floor by a .607 to .512 margin.
A 38-39 year old Kareem hung games of 40, 43, and 46 on Hakeem (and that 46 point came came on an effortless 21-30 shooting, and in only 37 minutes.) It was so bad that the Rockets coach moved Sampson onto KAJ in the WCF's that year.
One can only imagine the carnage that a PEAK Kareem would have left had he faced a prime Hakeem. And just how laughable would it have been had a 23-24 year old Kareem faced a 39 year old Hakeem?
BTW, Shaq's high game against Hakeem... 37 points. And that was a peak Shaq going up against a fading Hakeem.