His creativity is outstanding imo, from the Justice album as a whole to his stellar groove work and subtle tom use on the Load and ReLoad (and Garage Inc) albums.
He has creativity in small doses, but nothing to really make you sit back and go "wow".
And I wouldnt call anything he did 'subtle'...lol.
His influence is otherwordly as is his innovation.
I agree on influence but what did Lars innovate? It was mainly Lombardo who planted the seeds for extreme metal drumming as a whole.
Versatility is underrated since he changed his style so much as to be unrecognizable between the 80s and the Load albums. Originality high. Skill underrated by many I would guess (Justice album, again).
I dont know, he didnt really change his technique much though. He just went from a fast style to a slower style, but it's not like the two are drastically different.
Ulrich vs McBrain (proposed #31? by CRJ)...
Stylistic Versatility Ulrich
McBrain takes him in skill actually, Lars couldnt play things like Caught Somewhere In Time, not to mention that video you posted of Nicko playing with Bruford a while back (that was fucking phenomenal). I would give Nicko creativity as well.
Other than that, I think I agree.