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Charles Barkley's Stats For Each Season: One Of The Best Players To Never Win A Ring

Charles Barkley's Stats For Each Season: One Of The Best Players To Never Win A Ring

Charles Barkley gained the reputation as one of the league’s top dominant rebounders. Despite standing shorter than the traditional power forward, he had the strength and aggressiveness to become one of the best rebounders. Barkley went from an All-American power forward at Auburn to an 11-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA member, and a future MVP.

Barkley is best regarded as one of the best players to never win a championship. He finished his career with at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. When he retired, he was one of four players to ever accomplish that. His career also included winning two gold medals with the United State Olympic team, culminating in a very successful career in professional basketball.

Here are Charles Barkley’s stats and achievements season by season.

1984-85 Season: 14.0 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Achievement: All-Rookie First Team

Barkley had one year left of eligibility at Auburn but was declared for the NBA Draft. In Barkley’s first season, he joined a veteran team that already had Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks. The 76ers finished the season with a 58-24 record but were five games behind the Celtics for winning the Atlantic Division.

Malone proved to be an influential player for Barkley, who took him under his wing. Barkley later referred to him as a father figure during his early years. Barkley averaged 14 points and eight rebounds to help him land a spot on the All-Rookie First Team. The team finished the season in the Eastern Conference Finals.

1985-86 Season: 20.0 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 3.9 APG, 2.2 SPG, 1.6 BPG

Achievement: All-NBA Second Team

The 76ers had another strong season with a 54-28 record and saw their first-round pick in Barkley take the next step in his development. This would be the last season for Malone in Philly, which opened the door for Barkley to be the face of the franchise. With that said, he still finished the season leading the team in rebounders and was the second-leading scorer.

For his efforts, he made the All-NBA Team. The 76ers qualified for the playoffs but fell to the Bucks in the conference semifinals in seven games. Barkley averaged 25.0 points and 15.8 rebounds. That was without Malone playing in the playoffs.

1986-87 Season: 23.0 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

This season would potentially deter Barkley from ever winning a championship in Philadelphia. The team traded the No. 1 overall pick, used on Brad Daughtery, for Roy Hinson and cash. The team also traded Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, and two first-round picks to the Washington Bullets for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson. The team finished the year 45-37 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The moves remain criticized today because they ended up hampering the franchise for future seasons. In this season, Barkley began to turn into a top-5 player in the league. He recorded his first triple-double of the season. He also had a 25/25 game, which included 16 offensive rebounds. It also marked the first time of an 11-year streak of qualifying for the All-Star Game.

1987-88 Season: 28.3 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, Rebounding Leader

Last year, Malone was traded. This year, Erving retired. Barkley truly was the team’s franchise player with no veteran’s shadow lingering. Barkley played in 80 games and had his best season up to date. For his efforts, he recorded an appearance on the All-NBA First Team for the first time.

While Barkley’s career took off, it was the first time since 1975 that the team failed to make the playoffs. It was the one time that Barkley led the league in rebounding despite not averaging one of his best totals.

1988-89 Season: 25.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team

Barkley continued to play well by shooting 57.9% from the field this season and making the All-NBA First Team for a second time. Barkley proved he could lead a team to the playoffs as the 76ers qualified, but were ultimately eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Knicks via sweep. Barkley finished with one of his best seasons in the awards too as he finished sixth in the MVP voting.

What sticks out the most was the playoffs. The 76ers blew a 10-point lead with two minutes left in Game 2. That led to the team trading away Maurice Cheeks and David Wingate, while Cliff Robinson left via free agency. It led to more questions about not building a team efficiently around Barkley.

1989-90 Season: 25.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team

Barkley continued to climb among the NBA ranks. He finished second in the league MVP voting, losing out to Magic Johnson despite Barkley finishing with more first-place votes. Barkley had 38 of the 92 votes, while Johnson had 27, but he finished with 614 total points in comparison to the 636 by Johnson. It remains the only time in NBA history where the player with the most first-place votes didn’t win MVP.

After starting the season 18-16, the 76ers won the Atlantic Division. He shot 60% from the field and made the All-NBA First Team for a third straight season. At the end of the year, the 76ers finally won a playoff series but were defeated by the Bulls in the second round.

1990-91 Season: 27.6 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team

The combination of Barkley and Hersey Hawkins was a deathly duo. Barkley averaged 27/10, while Hawkins added 22.1 points and led the team with 2.2 steals. He won the All-Star Game MVP after helping the East win 116-114, which included a line of 17 points and 22 rebounds, which were the most rebounds at the ASG since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967.

Barkley finished the season fourth in the MVP voting. In the playoffs, the team finally defeated the Bucks, which was an early arch-nemesis for Barkley in his early years. However, he developed a new rival. That was Michael Jordan and the Bulls, who eliminated Barkley for a second straight year.

1991-92 Season: 23.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

Barkley’s final season in Philly was a rollercoaster. Despite finishing the season as an All-Star and All-NBA selection, Barkley’s team missed out on the postseason. The team started the season 7-3 but endured a seven-game losing streak that sunk the team under .500 and the team could never get out of the hole. The team dealt with a variety of injury issues and finished the season 37-45.

To make matters worse, Barkley and the upper management had tension when the team chose to not re-sign Rick Mahorn, who ultimately left the NBA to play in Italy. He demanded a trade and was ultimately traded to the Suns for a package headlined by Jeff Hornacek.

1992-93 Season: 25.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Achievement: Most Valuable Player, All-Star, All-NBA First Team

Barkley’s first season with the Suns was one to remember. In his first game, Barkley scored 37 points and added 12 rebounds. He had two assists from a triple-double. His strong start continued all year where he shot 52.0% from the field with a career-high 5.1 assists. He was named the MVP of the league after leading the Suns to a 62-20 record. It was the third time in league history that a player won an MVP in his first season since being traded.

Along with his regular-season success, Barkley added some playoff memories as well. He led the Suns to the NBA Finals, which was the team’s first appearance since 1976. There, he met his old Eastern Conference foe in Michael Jordan, who led the Bulls to a title in six games. For the Finals, Barkley averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists.

1993-94 Season: 21.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

Barkley started the year off battling back pain and he speculated that this season would be his last. Despite the injury, he played through and averaged 21.6 points and 11.2 rebounds, making his eighth straight All-Star appearance. With Kevin Johnson as a dependable scorer, the team thought they could make another run to the Finals.

The Suns won 56 games before being eliminated in the second round. In the playoffs, his best outing came in Game 3 against the Warriors in the first round, where he scored 56 points. The team then took a 2-0 lead over the Rockets before losing the series in seven games.

1994-95 Season: 23.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

Barkley seriously considered retiring from the league but felt healthy enough to return for the 11th season. He struggled at the beginning of the season but finished the year strong by averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Suns won 59 games, but the team’s finish in the playoffs is best remembered.

The team made the second round of the playoffs for a second straight year against the Rockets. For the second straight year, the team held a competitive advantage and let it slip. The Suns held a 3-1 series lead but lost to the Rockets in seven games. Had the Suns made it past Houston in either season, we could be talking about Charles Barkley as a champion.

1995-96 Season: 23.2 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team

This would be the final season for Barkley wearing a Suns uniform. He led the team in scoring, rebounds, and steals while shooting 50% from the field. He also had his best free-throw shooting season after shooting 77.7% from the free-throw line. During the season, he recorded his 20,000th career point to become the 10th player to join the 20,000 points and 10,000 rebound club.

The Suns made the playoffs with their worst record in Barkley’s tenure. The team was 41-41 and the No. 7 seed. The Suns lost to the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. At the end of the year, Barkley was traded to the Rockets for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mark Bryant, and Chucky Brown. It would also be the final year of making the All-NBA Team.

1996-97 Season: 19.2 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Achievement: All-Star

After coming up short in Philly and Phoenix, Barkley thought he had a chance to win a championship with the Rockets. He joined a team that had Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The Rockets were just one year removed from winning the 1995 championship as well. The team had all the pieces but just needed to put everything together.

Barkley’s first game saw him finish with 33 rebounds and his last game saw him finish as the team’s leading scorer. Barkley did all of that despite playing in just 53 games due to injuries to his pelvis, sprained ankle, and suspensions. The Rockets ended the season 57-25 and made the Conference Finals, but it would be Karl Malone and John Stockton playing in their first NBA Finals together after eliminating Houston.

1997-98 Season: 15.2 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Achievement: None

Barkley’s All-Star seasons were now behind him. Injuries would start taking their toll on the veteran. With Barkley in and out of the lineup, the Rockets finished 41-41. Olajuwon was getting older as well. The team needed all of the pieces on the floor and not just parts.

The Rockets were eliminated by the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Because of injuries, Barkley averaged career lows 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in the first round. We began to see the wear and tear take over and it left many wondering how many more years he had left in the tank.

1998-99 Season: 16.1 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Achievement: None

Barkley played 42 games in the lockout-shortened year and had a bounce-back season from the previous year. He also became the second player to accumulate at least 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists in his career, joining Wilt Chamberlain. Barkley had help during the season with Scottie Pippen and Eddie Jones on the team. The Rockets finished the year 31-19 and made the playoffs.

The team entered the playoffs with the fifth-best offensive rating in the league but met a better offensive group in the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won the series 3-1. After the season, it was learned that Pippen and Barkley did not get along. Pippen was traded to Portland, while Barkley stayed one more season. This season would be his last opportunity to play in the playoffs.

1999-2000 Season: 14.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Achievement: None

In his final season, Barkley went out with a bang. He averaged a double-double and shot 47.7% from the field. It was also the same season that Barkley got into his infamous fight with Shaquille O’Neal, where both players were ejected. Both are now analysts for TNT’s coverage of the NBA.

The season didn’t end the way Barkley had hoped. He tore his left quadriceps tendon on December 8, 1999, in Philadelphia. It was ironic that his career ended where it began, but the injury forced Barkley to retire at the age of 36 years old. After 16 years of competing, Barkley was done playing professional basketball.

Career Average - 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG

While Barkley was outspoken and controversial, you could always depend on him to dominate in the paint. His ability to consistently put up 20 points and 10 rebounds were impeccably important for the 76ers, Suns, and Rockets during his tenure. His physical style of play was evident on the floor and off the floor, where he was also known as a confrontational person as well.

Barkley ultimately saw his No. 34 jersey retired by the 76ers and was admitted to the Suns' Ring of Honor. He was recognized by the Hall of Fame in 2006 and later named to the NBA’s 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams. The only piece missing was winning a championship. 


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