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Charles Barkley

the fourth player in NBA history to total at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 3,500 assists

Charles Wade Barkley was born in Leeds, Alabama, on February 20, 1963. He played basketball at Auburn University, where, despite being shorter than average for a center, he led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding all three of his college career years (1981-1983). He left Auburn a year early to play in the NBA.

Charles Barkley as a Philadelphia Seventy-Sixer

Professional Career Highlights
Playing Height 6ft 6 in
Playing Weight 250 lb
Position power forward

Drafted in the first round as the fifth pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984.

Averaged 20.0 ppg and 12.8 rpg during his first two seasons and became the starting power forward in his second season.


The Sixers lost the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Chicago Bulls.


The Sixers lost the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Chicago Bulls.

Named NBA All-Star Game MVP.


Member of the U.S. gold medal-winning basketball team at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.


June 17, 1992 Traded to the Phoenix Suns, at his request. He had averaged 24.3 points per game while with the 76ers.

Reached the 1993 NBA Finals as a member of the Phoenix Suns, averaging 27.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg and 5.5 apg in six games against the Chicago Bulls. The Suns lost all six games.

Named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the season, averaging 25.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg and 5.1 apg, and leading the league with 6 triple-doubles.


The Suns lost the Western Conference Semifinals to the Houston Rockets.


The Suns lost the Western Conference Semifinals to the Houston Rockets.


Member of the U.S. gold medal-winning team at the Summer Olympic Games at Atlanta, Georgia.


August 19, 1996 Traded to the Houston Rockets.

November 2, 1996 Grabbed a career-high 33 rebounds and scored 20 points in his Houston Rockets debut, against the Phoenix Suns.

November 4, 1996 Became only the fourth player in NBA history to total at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 3,5000 assists, with an assist against the Utah Jazz.

The Rockets lost the Conference Finals to the Utah Jazz in six games.


November 29, 1997 Posted a season-high 43 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists against the Golden State Warriors.

December 2, 1997 Notched his 20th career triple-double, with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, against the Denver Nuggets.

March 19, 1998 Appeared in his 1,000th career NBA game, scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds against the Boston Celtics.


March 6, 1999 Notched his 1,600th career steal, recorded 15 points, and team highs of 10 rebounds and 7 assists, in a 107-92 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies.

March 13, 1999 Logged his 23,000th career point and 4,000th assist during a 100-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Posted a game-high 10 rebounds and 6 assists in that game.

March 16, 1999 Grabbed his 12,000th career rebound during a 101-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to become only the second player in NBA history (after Wilt Chamberlain) to top 23,000 career points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. Posted 15 points, a game-high 9 rebounds and 7 assists in that game.

March 27 and 28, 1999 Passed Elgin Baylor and Adrian Dantley into 14th place on the NBA's all-time career scoring list by averaging 19.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 4.0 apg in back-to-back wins over the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

April 21, 1999 Scored his 23,335th career point to pass Robert Parish into 13th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, registering 16 points (and a game-high 14 rebounds and 3 assists) against the Dallas Mavericks, on April 21.

Ended the year ranked 2nd in the NBA with 12.3 rpg, and 2nd on the Houston Rockets in scoring (16.1 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg).


Averaged 14 points per game over 19 games before tearing his left quadriceps tendon during a game on December 8, 1999.

April 19, 2000 Played his final game in front of a home crowd, against the Vancouver Grizzlies. He retired immediately after that game.

Career Records

Total Points Scored 23,757
Points Per Game 23

Total Rebounds 12,546
Rebounds Per Game 11.7

Honors and Awards

Member of the All-NBA First Team in 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1992-93.
Member of the All-NBA Second Team in 1985-86, 1986-87, 1991-92, 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Member of the All-NBA Third Team in 1995-96.
Member of the NBA All-Interview Team in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Member of eleven NBA All-Star teams.

Named NBA Player of the Week six times.

Selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, in 1996.

On March 30, 2001, his number 34 jersey was retired by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ranked #19 in SLAM magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of All Time, in 2003.

On March 20, 2004, during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, his jersey was retired by the Phoenix Suns.

Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Post-Basketball Career

Barkley has enjoyed great success as a sports commentator and analyst for the TNT network show Inside the NBA.

Family Life

Charles and Maureen Barkley are the parents of one daughter, Christiana.

Other Information

Barkley is one of only a few NBA players to have a figure published by Kenner's Starting Lineup toy line. He also had his own signature shoe line under the Nike brand.

Appeared alongside Michael Jordan in the movie Space Jam. Had cameo appearances in He Got Game, Hot Shots! and Look Who's Talking Now.

Hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 25, 1993.

Appeared in Accolade's Barkley: Shut Up and Jam, a 2-on-2 basketball game for the Sega Genesis and SNES game systems.

Plays on the Celebrity Golf Association Tour.

Co-authored his autobiography Outrageous with Roy Johnson, Jr., and Sir Charles: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley with Rick Reilly. His is also the author of I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It (2002) and Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man? (2005).

Currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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