Charles Barkley Says It Is Obvious Who Is Better Between Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James
Charles Barkley says it is obvious who is better between Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James at this stage of both their careers.
James, 34, has been arguably the league’s most impressive player for more than a decade. His reign of dominance has been compared to all-time greats like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Leonard, 28, came into the league five years after James made his first NBA Finals appearance. He is significantly younger and is right at the beginning of his physical prime.
Because of Leonard’s dominant showing en route to a championship last year with Toronto Raptors, and James missing the playoffs altogether with the Los Angeles Lakers, many have begun to ask whether Leonard has eclipsed James a player.
This past week, TNT analyst Charles Barkley was pressed on this very matter: who’s better at this point between Leonard and James?
Barkley did not even hesitate.
Chuck on Kawhi vs. Bron: “I don’t hesitate. At this point, Kawhi’s a better player than LeBron.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 23, 2019
“I don’t hesitate,” he replied.
“At this point, Kawhi’s a better player than LeBron.”
At this point, it is hard to argue with Barkley’s assessment.
On Tuesday night, in the opening game between the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, Leonard thoroughly outplayed James and led his team to a 112-102 victory.
Does that alone make him better? No, obviously not.
But based on what we have seen from both men over the past season and change, it is definitely getting increasingly difficult to disagree with Barkley’s take.