Charles Barkley is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was named an All-Star eleven times and was named Most Valuable Player in 1993. He is widely regarded as one of the best power forwards in history.
However, when asked if he considers himself the best power forward, Barkley said no during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show in 2017. He claimed that Tim Duncan was superior to him in that regard.
Charles Barkley on Tim Duncan
Dan Patrick: “You better than Duncan?”
Charles Barkley: “No, Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward ever.”
Dan Patrick: “He had a lot of help.”
Charles Barkley: “He did, but he was dominant.”
Dan Patrick: “What’s he do better than you?”
Charles Barkley: “He’s a better post-up player. It’s easier for him to score.”
Dan Patrick: “Yeah but you were a better scorer.”
Charles Barkley: “Only because I got the ball more. You have to understand something, there’s some guys who we call them studio gangsters. Because they’re on a bad team and average a lot of numbers. It’s just the best player on a bad team and get the ball more.”
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Duncan, like others under Gregg Popovich, could have had higher stats if not on the Spurs. He prioritized team success. Spurs won five championships with Duncan as leader, could have been six if not for Ray Allen’s clutch shot in 2013. Duncan retired in 2016 with 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, and 2.2 BPG. He won two MVPs and is considered the greatest power forward by Barkley.
Tracy McGrady claims a Tim Duncan documentary is needed
Tracy McGrady recently attended a promotional event in Las Vegas for Showtime’s new show “Goliath” about Wilt Chamberlain. During the event, McGrady was asked which NBA star should have a documentary next, and he chose Duncan.
McGrady believes that it is important for people to learn more about Duncan, whom he described as a “freaking winner.”
Duncan remained private after his retirement. The only exception was his time as an assistant coach for the Spurs during the 2019-20 season.