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Old 09-29-2017, 08:22 PM   #62
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Default Re: All These Barkley Posts Got To Stop - Malone,Hakeem,Robinson,Shaq, > Barkley

Originally Posted by AussieSteve
There isn't a single player to whom Barkley's best 5 years don't compare very favorably with. They crap all over Malone's and Robinson's best 5 years. And they are superior (offensively at least) to Hakeem's and Shaq's.

Let's look at it this way.

From the start of the 86 playoffs to the end of the 91 playoffs (5 regular seasons and 5 post seasons) Barkley averaged 25.9ppg on .599%eFG and .652%TS, to go with 4.8orpg, 7.5drpg 4.1apg, 1.6spg, 1.0bpg and 3.6tov.

Durant has clearly been the most elite offensive player in the league over the last 5 years. So, for comparison, what's his line over his last 5 regular and post seasons combined? Well it's 28.5ppg on .561%eFG and .630%TS, 0.7orpg, 7.1drpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg and 3.2tov.

According to bball-ref's usage formula Barkley used 23.5 offensive possessions per game over this stretch, while Durant has used 25.8. BUT Barkley also grabbed 4.1 more offensive boards a game. The net result is that Durant uses up 6.5 more offensive possessions a game than prime Barkley for a measly 2.5 points. Prime Barkley was an offensive force superior to anyone in the game today. Without question.

Barkley just didn't get to bring his peak level to the Finals because his 2nd options were players like Mike Gminksi and Hersey Hawkins. The only season in Philly that he did have a decent shot at title run, Moses went down before the playoffs, which left him with 36yo Dr J and a decent Mo Cheeks, but nothing like a contending team.

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