Some interesting details for why Nick Wright ranks Hakeem ahead of Shaq on his 50 greatest players of the last 50 years. You don't see many lists that put Hakeem ahead of Shaq. It also circles back a bit to the question of how you define "greatest." He said point blank that if you're ranking players based on their level of dominance at their Apex Prime, Shaq is the greatest player of all time. Apex prime Shaq is better than apex prime anyone else, including Jordan, LeBron, Kareem, etc., according to Nick. But that's not really how most people look at it when doing these sorts of rankings.