Charles Barkley getting statue outside Sixers’ practice facility
Charles Barkley had a plethora of nicknames throughout his NBA career, notably “Sir Charles” and “The Round Mound of Rebound.” But now, he will be immortalized in the city of Philadelphia. The Sixers announced on Thursday that they will be unveiling a statue of Barkley outside of their practice facility:
Sixers announce they will honor 80's legend Charles Barkley with a statue outside the practice facility next Friday.
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) September 5, 2019
The Sixers drafted Barkley out of Auburn, selecting the forward with the fifth overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Barkley played all 82 games and averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 rebounds en route to being named to the All-Rookie First Team.
By his third season in a Sixers uniform, Barkley was an All-Star. During the 1986-87 campaign, Barkley led the league in rebounding (14.6 boards per game) and Effective Field Goal Percentage (.606) while also averaging 23 points and close to five assists per game.
Barkley would actually make six consecutive All-Star teams with the Sixers, and placed in the top five of NBA MVP voting in his eight seasons in Philadelphia.
Despite his individual success in the “City of Brotherly Love,” Barkley could never carry the Sixers very far. Philadelphia made the Eastern Conference Finals in his rookie season, but they never again made it back during Barkley’s tenure.
Even though Barkley spent the most time and was at his most dominant in Philadelphia, he was not recognized as the MVP of the league until he won the award as a member of the Phoenix Suns in 1993. That same year, Barkley and the Suns lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.
Still, Barkley will always be remembered as a Sixers legend, and he will be honored as such next Friday.