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Charles Barkley says he’s better than Karl Malone

There are three players from the current era and two from the past era of NBA players that make the conversation of greatest power forward of all time. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Dirk Nowitzki make the list from the current era. Charles Barkley and Karl Malone make the list from the past era.

Barkley has said that Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time, but he’s not as generous with his ranking of Karl Malone, who many have second on the list.

“You take Karl. Karl needed John Stockton. That’s not a knock on Karl; it’s just a fact. I could get mine any time I wanted to. So I’ll say it on the record: I was better than Karl,” Barkley told Jack McCallum. “Nothing against Karl. He was great. But I was better. The only thing he did better than me was score, and that came down to John Stockton.”

Barkley also says he’s one of the 20 best players all time.

“Look, I’m in the top twenty of players who ever lived,” says Charles. “When I first started out, they said, ‘He’ll never make it. Too short.’ That never even concerned me. Because you know what? I could get all my stuff on my own.”

Barkley cites some career statistics that place him in exclusive company, and he also says Chuck Daly told him he was the second-best player on the Dream Team.

Barkley makes a convincing argument for himself, but I believe his logic is faulty.

Malone shouldn’t be penalized just because he had a great teammate. He should be rated based on what he did with what he had. And with Stockton, he made two NBA Finals (lost twice to the Bulls) and lost in three conference finals, and put up some of the best numbers in history. I’ll still put him ahead of Barkley.

Go here for more of McCallum’s entire write up on Barkley. McCallum has also written a book on the Dream Team that appears to have some great info and stories.

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  • Terrance Carter

    Ya know. . . Chuck is right. You don’t penalize Malone for having Stockton. However, you should have an understanding of how their dynamic worked. It was the same for Stoudemire with Nash. If Stoudemire and Nash entered the league at the same time and played every season together, it isn’t a stretch to say that Stoudemire would have looked like one of the best players ever based on stats. Stockton to Malone was the best connection ever. A perfect example of the sum being far greater than the parts.

  • Anonymous

    I kinda agree w that…..but barkley is always comparing himself to the greats. He was good, but great…nahhh. Michael Jordan was the best player on the dream team, which we all know, but how in this world can barkley put himself before Magic and Bird….two of the all-time greats that have rings to prove it (and have the proof that they actualy took their team to a championship). Again ‘chuck” is making more non-sense statements to get attention…( and by the way K. malone stats show he was the better scorer, and most all-around complete player over barkley).

  • JR Edwards

    At the time of the dream team, He was better than Bird and Magic for whom  the dream team olympics was simply a career farewell tour.

  • Anonymous

    I watched that matchup for many years….Chuck is entertaining and has the microphone and audience to get his message out but saying Barkley was as good or better than Malone is absolutely laughable. Malone dominated Barkley head to head and just look at the stats…Chuck has the type of personality he can get away with saying anything..but he needs to put the crack pipe down on this one!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bommer.george Bommer George

    backley was better than carl  along with john barkley was better

  • http://www.facebook.com/bommer.george Bommer George

    barkley was a better karl along with john barkley was better than the two of them togather sorry