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Charles Barkley
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Charles Barkley

Position: Forward Olympic #: 4
Born: 02/20/63 (Leeds, Alabama) College: Auburn University
Height: 6 6 Weight: 252 lbs.

"Sir" Charles Barkley, one of the NBA's most colorful personalities, is a perfect fit for the 1996 Dream Team. One of the league's most dominating inside forces, Barkley has almost single-handily defined his "small" forward position.

Adding longevity to his long list of accomplishments, Barkley, who will have played in just under 900 regular season games in his 12 seasons, in 1995-96 became just the ninth player in NBA history to surpass 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. A 10-time NBA All-Star, who earned MVP honors at the 1991 All-Star game, among his many accolades, he was chosen the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 1993, and has collected All-NBA first or second team honors every year (10 years) since 1986. He was a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1985.

Following an outstanding collegiate career at Auburn University, where he was selected the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year (1983-84) and later chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Decade (1980s), Barkley was selected in the 1984 NBA Draft following his junior season by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, pick number five. Following eight seasons with the 76ers, he was traded on June 17, 1992, to Phoenix for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang.

Since entering the NBA in 1984-85, Barkley has made an impact that revolutionized the power forward position. Despite standing maybe 6'6", Barkley has averaged over 20 ppg. in all but two seasons, and has recorded double-digit rebounding average in all but his rookie campaign. Showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the final weeks of the NBA 1995-96 regular season, Barkley was averaging 23.2 ppg. and 11.6 rpg. and ranked among the NBA's top eight in both categories.

Barkley boasts of a wealth of USA Basketball experience. Averaging 11.8 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. during the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival, the following year he was a key contributor to USA Basketball's World University Games team that captured a bronze medal. Failing to make the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, Barkley's Olympic dream was realized eight years later when he was named to USA Basketball 1992 Olympic Team. As a member of the Dream Team, all Barkley did was lead the collection of legends in scoring, averaging 18.0 ppg., the second-highest scoring average ever by a U.S. Olympian. Barkley's repeat appearance in 1996 places this future Hall of Famer in elite company--just seven players have previously appeared in two Olympics.

NBA Regular-Season Statistics
(1984-91 with Philadelphia; 1991-96 with Phoenix)
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
84-85 82 427783 .545 16 .167 293-400 .733 703/8.6 1148/14.0 155 95 80
85-86 80 595-1041 .572 1775 .227 396-578 .685 1026/12.8 1603/20.0 312 173 125
86-87 68 557937 .594 21-104 .202 429-564 .761 994/14.6 1564/14.6 331 104 119
87-88 80 753-1283 .587 44-157 .280 714-*951 .751 951/11.9 2264/28.3 254 100 103
88-89 79 700-1208 .579 35-162 .216 602-799 .753 986/12.5 2037/25.8 325 126 67
89-90 79 706-1177 .600 2092 .217 557-744 .749 909/11.5 1989/24.2 307 148 50
90-91 67 665-1167 .570 44-155 .284 475-658 .722 680/10.1 1849/27.6 284 110 33
91-92 75 662-1126 .552 32-137 .234 454-653 .695 830/11.1 1730/23.1 308 136 44
92-93 76 716-1376 .520 67-220 .305 445-582 .765 928/12.2 1944/25.6 385 119 74
93-94 65 518-1046 .495 48-178 .270 318-452 .704 727/11.2 1402/21.6 296 101 37
94-95 68 554-1141 .486 74-219 .338 379-507 .748 756/11.1 1561/23.0 276 110 45
95-96 71 580-1160 .500 49-175 .280 440-566 .777 821/11.6 1649/23.2 262 114 56
Totals 890 7393-13445 .550 452-1680 .269 5502-7454 .738 10311/11.6 20740/23.3 4643 1451 818

* Led League

USA Basketball Record
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb PTS/Avg. Ast. Stl. Blk.
1982 USOF 4 16-25 .640 20-25 .800 22/5.5 47/11.8 5 2 8
1983 WUG 7 26-42 .619 19-27 .704 39/5.6 71/10.1 7
1992 BTOA 6 34-58 .586 2-5 .400 28-33 .848 40/6.7 98/16.3 10 12 1
1992 Olympics 8 59-83 .711 7-8 .875 19-26 .731 33/4.1 144/18.0 19 21 1

1982 USOF     1982 U.S. Olympic Festival, South Team, Indianapolis, Indiana (the South finished 3-1 and won the gold medal)
1983 WUG     1983 World University Games, Edmonton, Canada (the USA finished 6-1 and won the bronze medal)
1992 BTOA     1992 Tournament of the Americas (Olympic Qualifying Tournament), Portland, Oregon (the USA finished 6-0 and won the gold medal)
1992 Olympics     1992 Summer Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain (the USA finished 8-0 and won the gold medal)

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