Chris Paul struggled in the second round series against the Mavericks that ended with the Suns getting eliminated in seven games.

The 37-year-old superstar point guard did not look like his usual self during the final five games of the series. He averaged just 9.4 points over those games.

His performances received criticism from analysts and fans alike. But NBA legend Charles Barkley thinks that it is unfair to expect Paul to play the way he did 5 or 10 years ago.

Instead, according to him, people should appreciate what the Phoenix star has achieved over his long career.

Via Gerard Samillano of ClutchPoints:

“As a guy gets older, it’s unfair for us to ask him to still be the same guy he was 5, 10 years ago. Listen, playing point guard at Chris’s size, he’s the best leader I’ve seen in the NBA, think about this, he’s won every single place he’s been and if you can’t appreciate that you really don’t know anything about basketball as a fan.”