Charles Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently a TV sports analysts. His net worth is estimated at $40 million.
Charles Barkley Net Worth: The Foundation
Charles was born on February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. At Leeds high, he showed interest in basketball in his junior year, but didn’t get a spot on the starting varsity team until his senior year as a result of his height. Barkley didn’t quite come across as the college prospect partly due to his late start to an active high school basketball career. However, Chuck continued to work hard, leading his team to the state semis where his outstanding performance against Alabama’s top player, Bobby Lee Hurt attracted the attention of Auburn University’s assistant head coach, Sonny Smith. Chuck scored 29 points in that game. In 1981, Barkley would go on to attend Auburn University majoring in Business Management.
Barkley became even a more successful collegiate basketball player despite his rather short height and weight. He compensated his flawed statue with increased athleticism and passion for the game. Barkley was known for his garish display of skills especially with the dunk and rebounds which soon earned him the nick “The Round Mound of Rebound.” During his three year (1981-1984) collegiate career at Auburn, Barkley received several awards including the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year in 1984, 3 selections or the All-Sec, as well as being named the All Century Team.
Charles Barkley Net Worth: Successful NBA Career
Barkley’s unqualified body stats was not a worry for the Philadelphia 76ers who selected him in the NBA 1984 draft 1st round as their fifth pick. However, Barkley soon learned to control his weight and improve his game play with veteran teammate three-time MVP Moses Malone as his guide. His average 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game was enough to earn him a berth on the NBA All-Rookie Team. His improved performance in the second year (1985/1986) earned him a berth on the All-NBA Second Team. The departure of star teammates like Irving and Malone paved the way for Barkley’s rapid rise to stardom.
His 8-year career with the sixers ended after the 1991/1992 season. Barkley’s NBA career was characterized by his controversial outspoken nature which got him trouble more often than not. He was among the gold-winning USA Team for the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic games.
Barkley continued his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns (1992-1996) and ended it with the Houston Rockets (1996 – 2000). One of NBA’s most dominating power forwards, Barkley made it to the All-NBA First Team 5 times, the NBA All-Star team 11 times. He was the All-Star MVP in 1991 and the NBA league MVP in 1993. He ended his career as the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.
Barkley’s NBA career earnings from salary alone was over $40 million. As an active player he endorsed brands like T-Mobile, Nike and McDonald’s.
Charles Barkley Net Worth: Post NBA
Barkley’s outspoken and jolly personality earned him a berth as a sports analyst on TNT’s Listen Up and later on the NBA-focused “Inside the NBA” alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Barkley also banks from sale of the several books he has penned. He is a spokesperson for technology products and services provider CDW Corp and Weight Watchers.
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