The question asked in the title sounds ridiculous at first glance. Let’s discuss this topic in reverse order. Charles Barkley is an NBA Hall of Famer, and was recognized as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time. He was part of the United States Olympic basketball team that won two gold medals. Barkley also has a penchant to speak his mind regardless of who may be offended. The combination of a great player willing to say what’s on his mind is a great combination for reporters because Barkley is the guy you need to talk to, and the guy you want to talk to.
Barkley’s personality enabled him to seamlessly segue into an NBA analyst position with TNT after his retirement from the NBA in 2000. He has a net worth of $40 million, and has built his reputation as one of the NBA’s most recognizable personalities. TNT also provides Barkley a platform to continue to say what’s on his mind. Simply put, Charles Barkley is allowed to be Charles Barkley.
Statistically speaking, former NBA player Robert Horry doesn’t have the impressive NBA resume that Barkley has. Like Barkley, Horry played sixteen NBA seasons. Horry started in 480 of the 1,107 games he’s appeared in for the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Lakers during that span. He averaged seven points and almost five rebounds for his career, stats that are hardly overwhelming by any stretch.
While Horry’s NBA resume isn’t as extensive as Barkley, it cannot be entirely discounted. Horry was a teammate of NBA Hall of Famers Akeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, and the late Kobe Bryant at different times in his career. Horry gained a reputation for hitting clutch baskets that enabled his teams to win critical playoff games, earning him the nickname “Big Shot Rob”.
If that isn’t enough, Horry was able to win seven NBA titles. In contrast, Barkley has made one NBA Finals appearance, losing in six games to the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls in 1993. Horry has a net worth of $20 million, so he’s compiled a nice financial portfolio. So is Barkley’s legacy greater than Horry’s? Let the debate begin.