The Round Mound of Rebound

The Round Mound of Rebound

NBA teams have a tendency of adding a few inches to players’ height. Height is also listed in shoes. Why they do this escapes me, but oh well. Charles Barkley was often listed as 6-foot-6, but in reality, he was closer to 6-foot-3 (this has been confirmed on many accounts). If you put this in perspective, then his accomplishments are even more astonishing.

Carrying at least 25o pounds in his bulky frame and defying the law of physics, Barkley soon became one of the best rebounders of all time. How he did this is still unfathomable to me. Long live Sir Charles.

Standing at 6’5” Charles Barkley is the shortest player ever to lead the league in rebounding with 14.6 boards per game during the 1986-87 season.

Although Chuck was only 23 years old during the ’86-87 season, he quickly assumed a leadership role in Philadelphia because Moses Malone got traded to Washington and Julius Erving retired at the end of the season.

Despite being troubled with injuries and missing 14 games due to spleen and ankle injuries, Sir Charles earned his first NBA rebounding title with an impressive average of 14.6 rebounds per game. Barkley was also third in the league in field goal percentage (.594) and 15th in scoring with 23.0 points per game.

Barkley was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the second straight season. Philadelphia 76ers, let by The Chuckster finished in second place in the Atlantic Division, 14 games behind Boston. The 76ers lost to Milwaukee 3-2 in a first-round playoff series where Barkley averaged 24.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.

“He plays everything; he plays basketball. There is nobody who does what Barkley does. He’s a dominant rebounder, a dominant defensive player, a three-point shooter, a dribbler, a playmaker.”

— Bill Waltobarkley