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Charles Barkley

Putting it as straight-forward as possible, "Sir" Charles Barkley was a remarkable basketball player.  Whether it was playing international, NBA, or college ball, despite measuring maybe just 6-foot-5, the forward stood out.

Playing on five USA Basketball teams, red, white and blue teams with Barkley as a member compiled an overall win-loss record of 37-2 (.949 winning percentage) while winning four gold medals and one bronze medal. Among his collection are two Olympic golds.  

As a member of the famed 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team," Barkley led the historic and talent-crammed roster by averaging a team-best 18.0 points a game. He added 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 steals a game, while shooting a sizzling 71.1 percent from the field.  

Four years later he collected his second Olympic gold medal and in the process averaged 12.4 ppg., 6.1 rpg. and 2.4 apg., while shooting a ridiculous and U.S. Olympic record 81.6 percent from the floor.  

A 16-year NBA career saw "Sir" Charles become just the second player in NBA history, following the great Wilt Chamberlain, to accumulate 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists in his career. Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996, Barkley was selected the NBA’s MVP in 1993 and earned all All-NBA honors in each of his first 12 seasons.

Considered one of the game's greatest rebounders, Barkley during college earned the nickname “Round Mound of Rebound” after leading the Southeastern Conference in rebounding during each of his three seasons at Auburn University. 

Selected No. 5 in the famed 1984 NBA draft, he averaged double-figure rebounding in 15 of his 16 NBA seasons (only failing to do so in his rookie season). Leading the NBA in offensive rebounding three consecutive seasons, he grabbed 12,546 rebounds and averaged 11.7 rpg. during his 16 NBA regular seasons.

 

A fan favorite because of his hard work ethic, entertaining personality and wild sense of humor, following his playing days, Barkley launched a highly successful career as a basketball analyst on NBA on TNT. 

 

Halls of Fame:

  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (2006) and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team (2010).

  • Inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team (2009).

  • Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2008).

  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (2001).

 

Honors:

  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1992 as a member of the Dream Team).
  • Philadelphia 76ers officially retired his No. 34 jersey on March 30, 2001.

  • Auburn University officially retired his No. 34 jersey on March 3, 2001.

  • Inducted on March 20, 2004, into the Phoenix Suns “Suns Ring of Honor."

  • Had a statue placed outside of Auburn Arena on Nov. 25, 2017. Became the fourth Auburn Tiger to have a statue erected in his honor and the first basketball player. He joined former football players and Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.

 

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 1992 and 1996 Olympics; 1992 Tournament of the Americas; 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival.

  • Bronze Medal: 1983 World University Games.

  • Played on five USA Basketball teams and those teams compiled an overall record of 37-2 (.949 winning percentage), while winning four gold medals and one bronze medal.  

  • Wore No. 14 with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, No. 4 with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team and 1983 USA World University Games Team and No. 12 for the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival South Team.

  • Member of the gold medalist 1996 U.S. Olympic Team that finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Played in seven games, started in four games, averaged 18.10 mpg., 12.4 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 2.4 apg. and 0.9 spg. Shot 81.6% from the field and 71.9% from the foul line.

  • During the USA's 1996 five-game pre-Olympic exhibition tour, played in all five games, started three games, averaged just under 19.0 mpg., 10.6 ppg., a team-high 6.4 rpg. and 2.8 apg. Shot 67.7% from the field and 91.7%from the foul line. 

  • Member of the gold medal winning 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that finished with a perfect 8-0 record. Played in eight games, started four games, averaged 18.30 mpg., 18.0 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 2.4 apg. and 2.6 spg. Shot 72.3% from the field and 73.1% from the foul line.

  • In the USA's one pre-Olympic exhibition game victory (111-71) versus France in Monte Carlo, Monaco, tied for team-high with 21 points (10-13 FGs), added a team-high five rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal in 20 minutes of action

  • Member of 1992 USA Tournament of the Americas Team that finished 6-0, captured the gold medal and qualified the United States for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Played in six games, started in three games, averaged team-highs of 16.3 ppg., 6.7 rpg. and 2.0 spg. and added 1.7 apg. Shot 58.6% from the field and 84.8% from the foul line

  • Member of 1983 USA World University Games team that finished 6-1 and won the bronze medal. Played in seven games, averaged 10.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg., shot 61.9% from the field and 70.4% from the foul line.

  • Member of the 3-1 and gold medalist 1982 U. S. Olympic Festival South Team, averaged 13.0 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. Recorded 20 points (6-7 FGs, 8-9 FTs) and 11 rebounds in the gold medal game. 

  • One of 66 players invited to the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials and was named a finalist.

 

USA Basketball Records:

  • In U.S. men's Olympic career records: ranks sixth in points scored (231); eighth for points averaged (15.4); third for field goal percentage (.744); fourth for field goals made (90); fourth (tied) for free throws made (42); fifth for free throws attempted (58); sixth for rebounds (82); eighth for steals (27); tied for ninth in steals averaged (1.8) and 20th for games played (15).

  • Ranks fourth (tied) in U.S. men's Olympic single-game scoring with 30 points vs. Brazil (7/31/92).

  • Ranks first in U.S. men's Olympic competition records for field goal percentage shooting 81.6% (31-38 FGs in 1996); fourth for points averaged with 18.0 ppg. (1992); fourth for points scored with 144 points (1992); third for field goals made with 59 (1992); and third for steals with 21 (1992).

  • In USA FIBA Tournament of the Americas Championship competition records, ranks sixth in points averaged with 16.3 ppg. (1992); and second for steals with 2.0 spg. (1992).

NBA Highlights:

  • Played 16 NBA seasons including eight seasons (1984-85 – 1991-92) with the Philadelphia 76ers, four seasons (1992-93 – 1995-96) with the Phoenix Suns and four seasons (1996-97 – 1999-00) with the Houston Rockets.

  • Became the second player in NBA history, following Wilt Chamberlain, to accumulate at least 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists in his career.

  • Played in 1,073 NBA regular season games, started in 1,012 games, compiled 39,323 minutes (36.6 mpg.), 23,757 points (12.6 ppg.), 12,546 rebounds (11.7 rpg.), 4,215 assists (3.9 apg.) and 1,649 steals (1.5 spg.). Shot 54.1% from the field, and 73.5 % from the foul line.

  • Played in 123 NBA playoff games, started 108, compiled 4,849 minutes (39.4 mpg.), 2,833 points (23.0 ppg.), 1,582 rebounds (12.9 rpg.), 482 assists (3.9 apg.) and 193 steals (1.6 spg.), Shot 51.3% from the field, 71.7% from the foul line.

  • Was the shortest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding when he averaged a career-high 14.6 rpg. during the 1986–87 season.

  • Considered one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. During his regular-season career, he totaled 12,546 rebounds, and averaged 11.7 rpg. and 12.9 rpg. in his playoff career. Topped the NBA in offensive rebounding for three straight years (1986-87 - 1988-89).

  • Ranks as the second all-time leader in steals for the power forward position and owns the highest all-time steals per game average for the power forward position.

  • Named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

  • Selected NBA’s MVP in 1993 while playing with the Phoenix Suns.

  • Selected All-NBA first team five times (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993), All-NBA second team five times (1986, 1987, 1992, 1994 and 1995) and All-NBA third team once (1996).

  • Named to 1995 NBA All-Rookie Team.

  • Selected a NBA All-Star 11 times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997).

  • Named the 1991 NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

  • Played in nine NBA All-Star Games, started in seven games, averaged 23.2 mpg., 12.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.3 spg. Shot 49.5 % from the field and 62.5 percent from the foul line.

  • Recipient of the IBM Award, for all-around contributions to team’s success (1986, 1987 and 1988)

  • Selected to the NBA's All-Interview Team 13 times.

   

Collegiate Notes:

  • Played three collegiate seasons (1981-82 – 1983-84) of basketball at Auburn University.

  • In three seasons, played in 84 games, started in 69 games, compiled 1,183 points (14.1 ppg.), 806 rebounds (9.6 rpg.), 137 assists (1.6 apg.), and averaged 27.6 minutes a game. Shot 62.6% from the field and 65.2% from the foul line.

  • Led the SEC in rebounding three-straight years, averaging 9.8 rpg. in 1981-82, 9.5 rpg. in 1982-83 and 9.5 rpg. in 1983-84.

  • Holds Auburn records for career field goal percentage at 62.6%, season field goal percentage (.644 in 1982-83) and single-game field goal percentage (10-10 vs. Georgia on Jan. 22, 1983).

  • Ranks in the Auburn's career record book 27th in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, tied for third in rebounds averaged, first in field goal percentage and sixth in blocked shots (145).

  • Named the SEC Player of the Decade for the 1980s by the Birmingham Post-Herald.

  • Selected as a member of Auburn's All-Century team.

  • Named 1984 Basketball Times All-American second team, 1984 NABC All-American third team, 1984 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year (AP and UPI), 1984 SEC Tournament MVP, 1983 (AP and UPI) and 1984 All-SEC first team (AP, UPI, Coaches), 1982 and 1983 All-SEC second team (AP and UPI) .

  • Auburn retired Barkley's No. 34 jersey on March 3, 2001.

  • Drafted following his junior year by the Philadelphia 76ers with the fifth pick of the 1984 NBA Draft.


Personal Notes:

  • Born in Leeds, Alabama.

  • Is married to Maureen Blumhardt, and they have one daughter, Christina.

  • Nicknamed "Sir Charles" and "The Round Mound of Rebound."

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AST BLK STL
1996 OLY 7/4   31-  38 .816   2-    4 .500   23-  32 .719   46/  6.6   87/ 12.4 17   1   6
1996 OLYX 5/3   21-  31 .677   0-    1 .000   11-  12 .917   32/  6.4   53/ 10.6 14   1 10
1992 OLY 8/4   59-  83 .711   7-    8 .875   19-  26 .731   33/  4.1 144/ 18.0 19   1 21
1992 OLYX 1/0   10-  13 .769   0-    1 .000     1-    4 .250     5/  5.0   21/ 21.0   3   2   1
1992 TOA 6/-   34-  58 .586   2-    5 .400   28-  33 .848   40/  6.7   98/ 16.3 10   1 12
1983 WUG 7/-   26-  42 .619

  19-  27 .704   39/  5.6   71/ 10.1   7

1982 USOFS 4/2   16-  25 .640

  20-  25 .800   22/  5.5   52/ 13.0   5   8   2
TOTALS 38/13 197-290 .679 11-  19 .579 121-159 .761 217/  5.7   526/ 13.8 75 13 52

 

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