Oakley in 2007
December 18, 1963 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||John Hay (Cleveland, Ohio)|
|College||Virginia Union (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1988–1998||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||12,417 (9.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||12,205 (9.5 rpg)|
|Assists||3,217 (2.5 apg)|
Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. He consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Post-playing career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Cleveland Cavaliers / Chicago Bulls
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.
New York Knicks
With the drafting and development of Horace Grant, the Bulls traded Oakley to the New York Knicks for 7'1" center Bill Cartwright. 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.
In 1998, Oakley was traded by New York to the Toronto Raptors for blossoming star Marcus Camby. For the Raptors, he provided a veteran presence to a young team that included Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.
Return to Chicago
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.
- 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
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". 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.
He left that position on December 1, 2011 after experiencing health issues with back pain during the 2010-11 season.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most rebounds in a game
- List of oldest and youngest National Basketball Association players
- "Year by Year All Rookie Teams". NBA. 19 December 2013.
- "Bill Cartwright traded to Bulls for Oakley". NY Times. 19 December 2013.
- "Knicks Part With Oakley to Get Toronto's Camby". NY Times. 19 December 2013.
- Miller, Houston, Oakley ... who else is planning a comeback?
- "Bobcats Announce New Assistant Coaches". NBA. 26 December 2010.
- "Bobcats want Maggette to take up scoring slack". Charlotte Observer. 11 December 2011.
- Green, Steve (13 May 2011). "NBA’s Charles Oakley sues Aria, security officers over alleged ‘beatdown’". VegasInc. Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 15 May 2011.