Charles Barkley has seen and analyzed a decent amount of basketball over his lifetime and during the half time show of the Raptors and Magic postseason game, he listed his Top 5 greatest NBA players today. Barkley included LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard as part of his Top 5.
Barkley’s co-hosts on NBA on TNT has plenty to say about his picks with Kenny Smith getting so involved that Charles even threatened to slap him.
In Barkley’s defense, the five players he picked are all extremely talented with four out of the five about to advance through to the second round of the playoffs.
Soon there will be just eight teams remaining in both the Eastern and Western Conferences combined. You can certainly expect to see at least a couple of those players from the Top 5 be there during the NBA Finals.
As for LeBron James who is the only one of the five to not be playing in the postseason, he is still in unbelievably good form despite certain injury troubles over the season. Finding some suitable and talented players to play alongside LeBron may be the next step for the Lakers.