There are four players in NBA history that have compiled 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. But when the conversation turns to the exploits of Barkley, many people think first of the entertaining, sometimes outrageous commentary on basketball and life he provided. However, as a player he was the greatest anomaly in hoops history. Listed at 6-6, but probably actually closer to 6-4, he played power forward as well as anyone, often dominating players half a foot taller. more...
Full Name: Charles Wade Barkley Born: 2/20/63 in Leeds, Ala College: Auburn High School: Leeds (Ala.) Drafted by: Philadelphia 76ers, 1984 (fifth overall) Transactions: Traded to Phoenix Suns, 6/17/92; Traded to Houston Rockets, 8/19/96 Height: 6-6; Weight: 252 lbs.
Nicknames: Sir Charles; Round Mound of Rebound Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2006); NBA MVP (1993); All-NBA First Team (1988, '89, '90, '91, '93); All-NBA Second Team (1986, '97, '92, '94, '95); All-NBA Third Team (1996); 11-time All-Star; All-Star MVP ('91); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History ('96); Olympic gold medalist (1992, '96).