Charles Oakley

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Charles Oakley
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Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1963-12-18) December 18, 1963 (age 50)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school John Hay (Cleveland, Ohio)
College Virginia Union (1981–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 1985–2004
Career history
19851988 Chicago Bulls
19881998 New York Knicks
19982001 Toronto Raptors
2001–2002 Chicago Bulls
2002–2003 Washington Wizards
2004 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 12,417 (9.7 ppg)
Rebound 12,205 (9.5 rpg)
Assists 3,217 (2.5 apg)

Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. He consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Oakley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Virginia Union University.

NBA career[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers / Chicago Bulls[edit]

Drafted in 1985 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oakley's draft rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls. Oakley provided another scoring option and steady offensive and defensive performances to an up-and-coming Bulls squad led by Michael Jordan. He also assumed the role of the team "cop" whose duty primarily was to protect young Jordan against cheap shots and roughhousing tactics of opposing players. Oakley earned All-Rookie Team honors in 1986.[1]

New York Knicks[edit]

With the drafting and development of Horace Grant, the Bulls traded Oakley to the New York Knicks for 7'1" center Bill Cartwright.[2] Oakley eventually became a part of the core which the Knicks built around, which also featured Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and point guard Mark Jackson. During the Knicks' 1994 season, which included a record 25 playoff games, Oakley started every regular season and playoff game for a record 107 starts in a single season. During his tenure with the Knicks, Oakley was primarily known as a defensive specialist.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

In 1998, Oakley was traded by New York to the Toronto Raptors for blossoming star Marcus Camby.[3] For the Raptors, he provided a veteran presence to a young team that included Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.

Return to Chicago[edit]

Oakley, in his final three seasons, played for the Bulls again, followed by the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets. For the Rockets, he was briefly reunited with former Knicks personnel Mark Jackson, who was the veteran point guard behind Steve Francis; Patrick Ewing, who was an assistant coach with the Rockets; and head coach Jeff Van Gundy, former head coach in Oakley's days in New York City.

Career highlights[edit]

  • He placed in the top ten in rebounds per game five times between 1987 and 1994 (second in 1987 and 1988). In all but one of these seasons he played the full complement of 82 games.
  • Due to his durability[according to whom?] he actually placed in the top ten in total rebounds 6 times and led the league in total rebounds twice (1987 and 1988).
  • In 1994, he became an NBA All-Star and was chosen to the league's All-Defense 1st team.

Rumors of a return to the NBA[edit]

As recently as 2007, it was publicized that Oakley, at age 44, wanted to make an NBA comeback. He claimed Dallas, Miami, Cleveland and New York were interested but said he would "not [come] back cheap".[4] Oakley currently ranks 18th all-time in NBA games played with 1,282 games, and 21st all-time in career rebounds with 12,205 rebounds.

Post-playing career[edit]

On December 26, 2010, Oakley was hired as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats under then-head coach Paul Silas.[5]

He left that position on December 1, 2011 after experiencing health issues with back pain during the 2010-11 season.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Oakley filed a lawsuit against the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, alleging a group assault by five security guards employed by the casino on May 28, 2010.[7]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985–86 Chicago 77 30 23.0 .519 .000 .662 8.6 1.7 .9 .4 9.6
1986–87 Chicago 82 81 36.3 .445 .367 .686 13.1 3.6 1.0 .4 14.5
1987–88 Chicago 82 82 34.3 .483 .250 .727 13.0 3.0 .8 .3 12.4
1988–89 New York 82 82 31.8 .510 .250 .773 10.5 2.3 1.3 .2 12.9
1989–90 New York 61 61 36.0 .524 .000 .761 11.9 2.4 1.0 .3 14.6
1990–91 New York 76 74 36.0 .516 .000 .784 12.1 2.7 .8 .2 11.2
1991–92 New York 82 82 28.2 .522 .000 .735 8.5 1.6 .8 .2 6.2
1992–93 New York 82 82 27.2 .508 .000 .722 8.6 1.5 1.0 .2 6.9
1993–94 New York 82 82 35.8 .478 .000 .776 11.8 2.7 1.3 .2 11.8
1994–95 New York 50 49 31.3 .489 .250 .793 8.9 2.5 1.2 .1 10.1
1995–96 New York 53 51 33.5 .471 .269 .833 8.7 2.6 1.1 .3 11.4
1996–97 New York 80 80 35.9 .488 .263 .808 9.8 2.8 1.4 .3 10.8
1997–98 New York 79 79 34.6 .440 .000 .851 9.2 2.5 1.6 .3 9.0
1998–99 Toronto 50 50 32.9 .428 .200 .807 7.5 3.4 .9 .4 7.0
1999–2000 Toronto 80 80 30.4 .418 .341 .776 6.8 3.2 1.3 .6 6.9
2000–01 Toronto 78 77 35.5 .388 .224 .836 9.5 3.4 1.0 .6 9.6
2001–02 Chicago 57 26 34.3 .369 .167 .750 6.0 2.0 .9 .2 3.8
2002–03 Washington 42 1 12.2 .418 .824 2.5 1.0 .3 .1 1.8
2003–04 Houston 7 0 3.6 .333 .833 .7 .3 .0 .0 1.3
All-Star 1 0 11.0 .333 3.0 3.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 1,282 1,159 31.4 .471 .253 .761 9.5 2.5 1.1 .3 9.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1986 Chicago 3 29.3 .524 .615 10.0 1.0 2.0 .7 10.0
1987 Chicago 3 43.0 .380 .500 .833 15.3 2.0 1.3 .3 20.0
1988 Chicago 10 37.3 .440 .000 .875 12.8 3.2 .6 .4 10.1
1989 New York 9 33.2 .479 .500 .667 11.2 1.2 1.3 .1 9.7
1990 New York 10 33.6 .512 1.000 .654 11.0 2.7 1.1 .2 12.1
1991 New York 3 3 33.3 .476 .500 10.3 1.0 .7 .3 7.7
1992 New York 12 12 29.5 .379 .741 9.0 .7 .7 .4 5.3
1993 New York 15 15 33.8 .481 .727 11.0 1.1 1.1 .1 11.1
1994 New York 25 25 39.7 .477 .775 11.7 2.4 1.4 .2 13.2
1995 New York 11 11 38.3 .450 .400 .824 8.5 3.7 1.7 .5 13.1
1996 New York 8 8 38.5 .500 .333 .694 8.6 1.8 1.0 .0 13.1
1997 New York 10 10 35.8 .442 .000 .759 8.8 1.6 2.2 .3 9.8
1998 New York 10 10 34.2 .408 .920 8.5 1.4 1.1 .2 8.1
2000 Toronto 3 3 36.7 .483 .286 .000 7.7 3.7 2.0 .3 10.0
2001 Toronto 12 12 32.6 .435 .375 .824 6.3 1.8 1.0 .6 9.3
Career 144 35.5 .459 .366 .755 10.0 2.0 1.2 .3 10.8

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