September 05, 2019
The Philadelphia 76ers will immortalize Charles Barkley next week with a statue unveiling at the team's practice facility in Camden, putting him alongside the likes of franchise greats Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving and Billy Cunningham.
The team announced plans for the Sept. 13 ceremony to honor the NBA Hall of Famer, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia.
Barkley was a rare star in the NBA who combined his physicality and attitude to become one of the fiercest rebounders in the league. During his time with the Sixers, beginning in 1984, Barkley averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 37.3 minutes per game.
Appearing in five straight All-Star Games between 1987-1992, Barkley helped lead the Sixers to six playoff appearances. He ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in offensive rebounds (first), defensive rebounds (first), field-goal percentage (second), total rebounds (third), free throws (fourth), steals (fifth), points (fifth), field goals (sixth) and minutes played (eighth).
The Sixers traded Barkley to the Phoenix Suns in 1992, the same year he went on to be named league MVP and lead his team to the NBA Finals.
Barkley has remained a popular figure in Philadelphia despite his departure. The team retired his no. 34 jersey in 2001.
And even though he no longer suits up for the Sixers, Barkley the TNT analyst still has a soft spot for the team that drafted him. He's picking the Sixers to go to the NBA Finals this season.