Charles Barkley is a retired professional basketball player who is currently a sports analyst for TNT. He’s a former MVP and an 11-time All-Star in the NBA. For this piece, let’s take a closer look at Charles Barkley’s net worth in 2022.

Charles Barkley’s net worth in 2022 (estimate): $50 million

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Charles Barkley’s net worth in 2022 is $50 million. This is according to outlets such as Celebrity Net Worth.

Charles Barkley was born in Leeds, Alabama. He studied at Leeds High School where he started his basketball career. Although he wasn’t a top prospect out of high school, he was eventually recruited to play for Auburn University.

While earning his business degree, Barkley stood out as Auburn’s starting center. Throughout his three-year college career, Barkley accumulated 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He garnered honors such as making All-SEC thrice, SEC Player of the Year, and SEC Tournament MVP. 

After foregoing his final playing year in college, Barkley entered the 1984 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the fifth overall pick. Barkley’s rookie deal was a four-year, $2 million contract.

Right from the get-go, Barkley showcased his potential, despite being on a veteran-laden team. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 boards per game, which was enough to make him a part of the All-Rookie Team. 

Barkley continued to solidify himself as one of the Sixers’ main big men. By the 1986-1987 season, he established himself as one of the best rebounders of the game. Despite being undersized, he averaged 23.0 points and 14.6 rebounds per game, which was good for the league’s rebounding leader. In that same year, he also made his first of 11 All-Star appearances. On top of that, Barkley finished the season by making All-NBA for the second straight year. 

Shortly after that season, Barkley earned a lucrative contract extension. He signed an eight-year deal worth approximately $12 million. After landing a huge contract, Barkley continued his outstanding play, standing out as a double-double threat every single night.

In the 1989-1990 season, Barkley averaged a monsterous 25.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Despite his dominance, however, he only finished second in the MVP race, which saw Magic Johnson win it that year. 

In the following year, Barkley maintained his dominance by averaging 27.6 points and 10.1 boards per game. During the 1991 All-Star Game, Barkley was awarded with All-Star Game MVP after tallying 17 points and 22 rebounds to help the East beat the West, 116-114.

Despite Barkley’s play, the Sixers eventually decided to trade the 6-foot-6 bruiser to the Phoenix Suns before the 1992-1993 season. Barkley was shipped to Phoenix in exchange for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry. 

Although Barkley experienced a change in scenery, he still maintained his All-Star form. Barkley averaged 25.6 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 5.1 dimes per outing in his first year in a Suns uniform. For his efforts, Barkley was awarded his first and only MVP that season. Furthermore, he helped the Suns clinch their first-ever NBA Finals appearance before losing to the Chicago Bulls in six games.

After taking MVP honors and giving Phoenix a Finals run, Barkley was awarded with a lucrative five-year, $19 million contract during the offseason. While Barkley still continued to show he was the face of the franchise in his stay with Phoenix, his numbers started to dip. Although Barkley was still a double-double threat, injuries started to hamper his career. 

Barkley ended his tenure with the Suns after the 1995-1996 season. He took the Suns to the playoffs in all of his years with them. Furthermore, Barkley made the All-Star Game and earned All-NBA selections throughout his time in Phoenix. Eventually, the 6-foot-6 star was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mark Bryant, and Chucky Brown. 

With a desire to win a championship, Barkley requested the trade that landed him in Houston, who were trying to reclaim championship glory. Barkley’s acquisition allowed the team to play him alongside All-Stars Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. 

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In Barkley’s first year with the Rockets, he averaged 19.2 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. In that year, he made his final All-Star Game appearance. The All-Star trio of Barkley, Olajuwon, and Drexler looked promising during the regular season, as they finished with a 57-25 record for the third seed in the West. They eliminated the Minnesota Timberwolves and Seattle SuperSonics. However, Barkley and the Rockets couldn’t get past the Utah Jazz for an NBA Finals appearance. 

After the team-up again failed to result in a championship in 1997-98, the Rockets wanted to acquire another All-Star in Scottie Pippen. As a result, Barkley agreed to take a paycut for the 1998-1999 season. He signed a one-year, $1 million deal to make room for Scottie Pippen. While Pippen did play for the Rockets, tensions flared between two All-Stars. 

The partnership didn’t work out, as the Rockets faced a first-round exit against the Los Angeles Lakers. Furthermore, Pippen left Houston just after one season. A year later, Barkley decided to play just one more year after inking a one-year, $9 million contract, despite being promised $12 million. After the 1999-2000 season, Barkley finished his career with averages of 22.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Regarded as one of the best players to never win a championship, Barkley is one of the few players to finish with at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. He was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Barkley built up his net worth from his paychecks as a NBA player. However, he has also earned a lot from his endorsements. Barkley has reportedly inked deals with Right Guard, T-Mobile, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nike. According to reports, his contract with Nike paid him $500,000 a year. 

Now retired as a player, Barkley has been making waves as a sports analyst with TNT. As a studio analyst, Barkley has been awarded with three Sports Emmys for Outstanding Sports Personality. According to reports, the NBA legend makes $6 million a year as a sports analyst. He's also in plenty of commercials these days, with notable spots for Subway and Capital One, among others.

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