Charles Barkley is a former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is an 11-time NBA All-Star. In 1993, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. Barkley retired in 1984, after he retired, the Philadelphia 76ers retired his jersey number. He also received the Phoenix Suns Rings of Honor. He has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Charles Wade Barkley was born on February 20, 1963, in Leeds, Alabama, USA. He stands 198 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 114 kg. He has two younger brothers and his parents divorced when he was young. His mom remarried but his stepfather died when Barkley was 11.

He played power forward and small forward. The teams he’s played for include the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and the Houston Rockets.

Position Power Forward
Height / weight 1.98 m / 114 kg
Born 20 Feb 1963
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Sir Charles
Team History
Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 1996 - 2000
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 1992 - 1996
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 1984 - 1992

High School and College Career

When he was a junior, he was 178 cm tall and weighed 100 kg. This led him to not make it into his varsity team at Leeds High School in his hometown. In the summer following his junior year, he grew to 193 cm.

For college, he attended Auburn University and was coached by Coach Sunny Smith. While there, he was named the 1984 SEC Player of the Year. He was also named that year’s SEC Tournament MVP. After he retired from the NBA, the Auburn Tigers retired his jersey number.

Professional Career

Barkley declared for the NBA in the 1984 draft and was the 5th overall pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers. In his first year with the team. He was named to the 1985 All-Rookie First Team. The following year in 1986, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first team. He will be named to the Second Team four more times.

He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 1987. He would be named to the team for 10 more consecutive years. In 1991, he was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP. In 1992, he moved to play for the Phoenix Suns. The year after signing with the Suns, he was named the 1993 NBA Most Valuable Player. He stayed with the Suns from 1992 to 1996.

In 1996, he was traded to the Houston Rockets. It was seen as Barkley’s last chance to win an NBA Championship. He never won an NBA Championship. His career came to an abrupt end in 2000 after he ruptured a tendon on his left quadriceps. On his last game, he walked off with a standing ovation.

Following his retirement, Jersey No.34 was retired by the 76ers. He was also given the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor. He was also named to the 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary teams.

Off the court, Barkley served as a television analyst for TNT. He was also part of the crew who worked on Inside the NBA. He also played golf and usually competed in the American Century Championship pro-am. Barkley also acted in the 1996 Space Jam. He also appeared in Suits and Modern Family.

Career Highlights

  • 1993 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1987–1997 - NBA NBA All-Star
  • 1991 - NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 1988–1991, 1993 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995 -All-NBA Second Team
  • 1996 - All-NBA Third Team
  • 1985 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1988 - NBA rebounding leader
  • 1986–1988 - IBM Award

  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 34 retired by the Philadelphia76ers
  • Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor

  • 1984 - Third-team All-American –NABC
  • 1984 - SEC Player of the Year
  • 1984 - First-team All-SEC
  • 1982, 1983 - Second-team All-SEC
  • 1984 - SEC tournament MVP

  • No. 34 retired by Auburn Tigers

  • Basketball Hall of Fame - 2006
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame -2006


  • Gold - 1992 Barcelona Olympics -Men’s Basketball
  • Gold - 1996 Atlanta Olympics - Men’sbasketball
  • Gold - 1992 Portland FIBA AmericasChampionship - Men’s Basketball

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    I still think it was charles great effort who won the olympic gold for the usa. jordan was great but charles lead the team to the gold.