As Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have been playing alongside each other for the last two seasons, TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley have spent plenty of time criticizing both players many times. Since the start of the season, Embiid has looked like the NBA’s frontrunner for MVP. And while Simmons still isn’t a consistent shooter and got off to a slow start this year, he’s looked better than ever on both ends of the ball lately. “They are gonna be a serious problem for anybody that they play against. Joel Embiid got more talent, and he’s more of a problem than me. When I say Shaq and Kobe like, what I meant by that is, those guys are gonna be a problem every single night.”
Of course, Shaq, who was on the other end of the table as Barkley, did not comment on the comparison. While Barkley might’ve taken it too far by comparing Embiid and Simmons to two proven Hall of Famers and NBA Champions this early on in their careers, Barkley’s point stands.