The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

7. Charles Barkley

Accomplishments: 11-time All-Star, 1993 MVP, Five-time First Team All-NBA
Team(s): Philadelphia 76ers/Phoenix Suns/Houston Rockets
Career Stats: 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Years Played: 1984-2000

Standing at just 6' 6", Barkley was not the prototypical NBA power forward. However, thanks to his exceptional ability to box out and use his ample backside as a weapon, "The Round Mound of Rebound" carved out an exceptional career for himself. While he never did win an NBA title, Barkley was the centerpiece of several championship-caliber teams. After winning a gold medal with the 1992 Dream Team, he pushed his Phoenix Suns squad to the NBA Finals, where they fell to Michael Jordan and the Bulls in six games despite Barkley averaging 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the series. His versatility and ability to dominate from multiple positions is unmatched in NBA history, and his combination of size and skill may never be seen again in this era of increasing specialization.

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