Charles Barkley’s Career and Net Worth
How much did Charles Barkley make in his NBA career?
Charles Barkley is a retired professional basketball player as well as current television sports analyst. He has approximately $60 million in net worth as at 2023. But for an estimated $10 to 30 million he self-admitted having lost to gambling, his net worth would be much higher.
Charles has been a famous brand endorser, making regular appearances in commercials for a number of major brands both during and prior to his professional playing days. His endorsement with companies like Nike, FanDuel, T-Mobile, McDonalds, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rights Guard has fetched him tens of millions. Charles Barkley Career And Net Worth
Charles featured in an advert for Nike during his hay days in which he stated: “I am not a role model”. He is currently a sports commentator post retirement hosting extremely popular TNT show “Inside the NBA”.
Charles Barkley was born on February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. After his father abandoned the family at a very young age, his mother remarried and had two other sons. Whiles Charles was 11, his stepfather died in a gory accident.
Charles attended Leeds High School failing to make the varsity basketball team as a junior. He however, polished his skill and was able to make the mark this time around. His skill and dexterity attracted the attention of Auburn University’s head coach.
Shortly, he was recruited into the University where he majored in Business Management from 1981 to 1984. He rose quickly to popularity as a result of his crowd-pleasing antics, dunks and blocked shots. His body type was not that of very regular basketball players.
He was quite short and struggled to lose weight to put his frame in the right shape for the sport. Charles’ time at Auburn saw receive many accolades including Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year. Charles Barkley Career And Net Worth
Charles was drafted as the fifth pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers at which time he had left Auburn (during his junior years). Charles was made the team leader for the 1986/87 season and becoming the Sixer’s franchise player the following season.
He featured in all of the six all-star games during his time at the Sixers, picking the most coveted MVP for two times. His stay in Philadelphia positioned him as a household name and even had his own signature shoe line with Nike. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns in July 1992.
Charles averaged 25.6 points as well as a career high 5.1 assists per game leading the Suns to an NBA best record. He was crowned Most Valuable Player immediately after he was traded, qualifying for all seven All-Star Game.
His stay with the Suns was rather short-lived as a result of severe back pain. Charles announced 95-96 season as his last in Phoenix. He led the team in rebounds, steals and scoring, accomplishing an All-NBA and All-Stars honors as well as a career-high 777 free throw shooting.
Charles Barkley bagged a total of $40.3 million in salary alone during his playing days. His final season in 1999 with the Houston Rockets was his peak salary year. Charles received $9 million approximately $14 million today after the necessary adjustment for inflation.
Charles got married to Maureen Blumhardt in 1989. The couple have a daughter named Christina together. He is notoriously big on gambling admitting a loss of $10 million through gambling in his lifetime. He also confessed of about $2.5 million loss playing blackjack under just six hours.
Charles switched from his Republican allegiance and declared his support for Barack Obama in 2008. He contemplated running for Governor of Alabama as an independent candidate. He is a advocate of gay rights as well as a vociferous critic of Donald Trump.