VIDEO: Charles Barkley Has Outrageous Take on Kawhi Leonard vs LeBron James

By David Hayes
Capital One's The Match: Champions For Change
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Even though LeBron James is widely considered one of the best players ever to pick up a basketball in the game's history, no one outlasts father time.

There's no arguing that LeBron is still putting up MVP-worthy numbers at nearly 36 years old on the back of an impressive run to his fourth NBA championship ring this season. However, some, such as Charles Barkley, feel as though LeBron has fallen off the current top spot as the best player in the league, taking a backseat to Kawhi Leonard.

While Leonard's run to an NBA Championship in his lone season with the Toronto Raptors two seasons ago was impressive, he certainly didn't have enough to carry an arguably better roster to the Western Conference Finals this year.

Perhaps, what's even more surprising about this take is that Brian Windhorst and Tracy McGrady instantly agreed with the take by supporting it as "real talk" on The Jump.

LeBron posted a career-best 10.2 assists per game this past season, which more than doubles Kawhi's mark of 4.9 APG, and LeBron even out-rebounded Leonard at 7.9 boards per game to 7.1, respectively.

Leonard did have the edge in points per game (27.9), compared to LeBron's 25.1 PPG, however, with the ring on LeBron's ring from 2019-20 and the edge in rebounds and assists, this seems like a tough argument for Kawhi.

Leonard may still have seven fewer years of mileage on his body and in his youth at 29 years old, but until King James falls off the championship contender list, it just feels hard to take anything away from him right now.

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