The 1992 Dream Team was one of the best Olympic men's basketball teams in United States History, if not the best. The team featured many illustrious players, such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
Charles Barkley was a member of the 1992 Dream Team, and there is no doubt that he was extremely valuable to the team's success. In fact, Charles Barkley has recently claimed that he was the 2nd best player on that team, only behind Michael Jordan. That is definitely a bold claim, as there were a lot of other elite players on that team such as Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen.
There was only on motherf***er (better). Michael... Go back and look. Go back and check.
There's no doubt that there was no one that was as good as Michael Jordan in 1992. With that being said, Charles Barkley was a fantastic player that was definitely among the upper echelon of players in 1992. During the 1991-92 NBA season, Charles Barkley averaged 23.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, and 4.1 APG with the Philadelphia 76ers. Shaquille O'Neal has once pointed out that he played well above his size.
Charles Barkley. The Round Mound of Rebound...You always hear the term ‘Size doesn’t matter.’ For Charles Barkley, size did not matter. As a center are always 6’10, 6’11 or 7 foot. Power forwards are 6'8, 6’9 or 6’10. Not Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley was a solid 6’4. He didn’t care if you were taller or you were bigger or if you were faster or if you were stronger. He was gonna go through you and nothing could stop this man. A guy that played with that tenacity, with that speed and with that force plus the mentality he had of not caring, you could tell that he was going to be hard to stop.
Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan would go on to face in the 1993 Finals, but unfortunately, Charles Barkley's Phoenix Suns ended up losing to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.
When we talk about all-time great players, many people underrate how good Charles Barkley was due to him not winning a championship in his career. He was one of the best power forwards ever, and he definitely deserves more respect for his ability as a player.