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Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley in 2008
Personal information
Born February 20, 1963 (1963-02-20) (age 59)
Leeds, Alabama
Nationality American
High school Leeds (Leeds, Alabama)
Listed height 6ft 6in
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College Auburn (1981–1984)
NBA Draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1984–2000
Career history
1984–1992 Philadelphia 76ers
1992–1996 Phoenix Suns
1996–2000 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1993)
  • 11× NBA All-Star (1987–1997)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1991)
  • 5× All-NBA First Team (1988–1991, 1993)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (1986, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1996)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • NBA rebounding leader (1987)
  • No. 34 retired by Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor
  • No. 34 retired by Phoenix Suns
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Third-team All-American – NABC (1984)
  • SEC Player of the Year (1984)
  • No. 34 retired by Auburn
Career NBA statistics
Points 23,757 (22.1 ppg)
Rebounds 12,546 (11.7 rpg)
Assists 4,215 (3.9 apg)

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and politician. Nicknamed "Sir Charles" for his aggressive and outspoken behavior and "The Round Mound of Rebound," for his unusual build and talent as a player, Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's most dominating power forwards.

For a power forward, Barkley had an extremely versatile offensive game. He was not considered a great player at the defensive end. He is referred to as Chuck Barkley by many of his friends.

Barkley had many nicknames over the course of his college and pro career, making him one of the basketball players, and persons, with the most nicknames. Some of the other nicknames include The Chuckster, The Chuck Wagon, The Prince of Pizza and Wide Load from Leeds. Barkley is regarded as one of the best rebounders in the history of the game.

Many people view him as the greatest player who did not win an NBA championship during his career, although others argue for players such as Karl Malone, John Stockton and Patrick Ewing. Often considered the best power forward in the league (NBA), people did not agree with his totalitarian views. He is an analyst on the television show Inside the NBA. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal.

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