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NBA Draft x Sneaker Files: Best Draft Picks of All Time Number 7 – Charles Barkley

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NBA Draft x Sneaker Files: Best Draft Picks of All Time Number 7 - Charles Barkley

The number 7 pick of the NBA Draft x Sneaker Files Best Draft Picks of All Time is Charles Barkley. Sir Charles was born February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama. Barkley tried out for the Varsity Basketball squad his Junior year at only 5 feet 10 inches, but he was named as a reserve. During the next summer he sprouted to 6 feet 4 inches and started on his Varsity High School squad.

A assistant coach of Auburn University’s head coach, Sonny Smith went to one of the games Charles Barkley was playing in, and saw “a fat guy… who can play like the wind.” Low and behold, Sir Charles received a scholarship to Auburn, where he played 3 years. Each year he led the league in rebounding.

Charles Barkley left Auburn University, and was ready for the 1984 NBA Draft. He was selected fifth overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Although he was on a team full of veterans, Sir Charles averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.

One of the first signature sneakers for Charles Barkley is the Nike Air Alpha Force, but the color-way that sold the most units was the White, Blue, Red, a Philadelphia 76ers theme. Released in 1989, the Nike Air Alpha Force is a mid cut model, which was a change from the high tops mainly released that year (with a few exceptions). Retros have released of the Nike Air Alpha Force, but nothing is like a Original pair.


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  • xnyles

    Sir Charles was my favorite player right next to MJ i remember these kicks i dont like them I was in love with Nike air max CB 94 should put those up in instead

  • 2fly4u

    they iight i would only wear if sum1 got dem 4 me

  • sneakFREAK

    You know there were good players before there were endorsement deals…

  • Kinslowdian

    `Think his Air Force 180's were the best thing Nike created

  • da 13 year old jorda

    i got these at the nike store in Orlando they only cost $50, these bois are really nice

  • Celly

    its just so hard to picture charles then and now…i love the guy so funny…lol

  • halfkorean

    I had the original air alpha force lo. I cannot seem to even find a picture of those ANYWHERE!