007nites Presents: Charles Oakley
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Full Name: Charles Oakley
Born: December 18, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio
High School: Jon Hay (Cleveland, Ohio)
College: Virginia Union University (1981-1985)
Drafted By: Cleveland Cavaliers, 9th Overall, 1985 NBA Draft
Height: 6-8 ; Weight: 245lbs
Position: Power Forward
Nickname: Oak, Oak Tree




Career Statistics - NBA (1985-2004)

G - 1,282
FG% - .471
3PFG% - .253
FT% - .761
Points - 12,417
PPG - 9.7
Rebounds - 12,205
RPG - 9.5
Assists - 3,217
APG - 2.5
Blocks - 384
BPG - 0.3
Steals - 1,351
SPG - 1.1




Honors: 1 X All Defensive First Team, 1 X All Defensive Second Team, 1 X NBA All-Star, All-Rookie First Team


Introduction

He was as strong as a tree, an oak. Oakley was a rebounder, defender and intimidator who also had a soft touch on his outside shot.

College

A native of Cleveland, Oakley attended Virginia Union, where he was an absolute machine on the glass averaging 14.0 rebounds and 20.3 points in four seasons. As a senior in 1984-85 he led all Division II players by pulling down 17.3 rebounds per game.

NBA

A classic blue-collar player and one of the premier rebounders in the NBA, Charles Oakley began his NBA career after being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers but was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1985. Oakley provided another scoring option and steady offensive and defensive performances to an up-and-coming Bulls squad led by Michael Jordan. He earned All-Rookie Team honors in 1986. Oakley led the Bulls in both rebounding (8.6 rpg) and field-goal percentage (.519). The bruising rookie had a phenomenal game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 15, with 35 points, 26 rebounds, and 7 assists.

During his second year with Bulls he became a full-time starter at power forward, Oakley ascended to the top of the league's rebounding charts. He led the NBA in total rebounds with 1,074, posting the second-highest total in Bulls history. Oakley's 13.1 rebounding average ranked second in the league to Charles Barkley's 14.6. Oakley was the leading member of Michael Jordan's supporting cast in Jordan's third NBA season. The Bulls took a 40-42 record into the 1987 NBA Playoffs but were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round. Oakley made huge contributions in the series, averaging 20.0 points and 15.3 rebounds in three post season games.

In a blockbuster trade on the eve of the 1988 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls sent Oakley and draft choices to the New York Knicks for Bill Cartwright and draft choices. Chicago wanted to make room for second-year forward Horace Grant on its front line, and the Knicks needed a reliable power forward to play alongside Patrick Ewing. In his first season with New York, Oakley shared rebounding duties with Ewing and finished sixth in the NBA with a team-high 10.5 boards per game. He also averaged 12.9 points and shot .510 from the floor, second on the Knicks behind Ewing's .567. Oakley grabbed 343 offensive rebounds for the year, setting a club record he would break in 1993-94. He also established a team single-game mark for offensive boards with 14 against the Boston Celtics on January 3. In Rick Pitino's second and final season as head coach, New York won the Atlantic Division title with a 52-30 record. The Knicks then advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, only to lose to Chicago in six games. Oakley contributed 9.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in nine postseason appearances.

In the 1992-1993 season Oakley started all 82 games for the fifth time in his career and turned in averages of 6.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game. He spearheaded the league's best defense and was considered by many to be the best defensive power forward in the NBA. The eight-year veteran, who was named team co-captain along with Patrick Ewing prior to the season, shot better than 50 percent from the field (.508) for the fifth straight year. The Chicago Bulls once again proved to be the Knicks' nemesis, eliminating New York from the playoffs for the fourth straight season with a six-game series victory in the Eastern Conference Finals. Oakley nevertheless had a strong postseason, contributing 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in 15 appearances.

Oakley may not have been the best known or the flashiest of players, but he was clearly the heart and soul of the New York Knicks in 1993-94. And as the epitome of New York's hard-nosed brand of basketball, Oakley finally received some long-overdue recognition. At midseason he was named to play in the NBA All-Star Game, the first such honor of his career. The nine-year veteran turned in another solid blue-collar campaign. He broke his own club record for offensive rebounds in a season (349) and finished the year ranked seventh in the NBA with 11.8 boards per game. Oakley was the only Knicks player to start and appear in all 82 contests, and his intimidating style of defense helped New York lead the league in points allowed per game with 91.5, the lowest such figure of any NBA team since the 1954-55 season. Oakley carried New York all the way to the 1994 NBA Finals, which the Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.

On June 25, 1998, after a decade in New York, Oakley was obtained by Toronto along with the rights to Sean Marks and cash for Marcus Camby. He started all 50 games in his first season with the Raptors, providing a veteran presence for a young team striving to become a playoff contender. After helping Toronto get one shot away from the Eastern Conference Finals, Oakley was sent back to the first NBA team he suited up for in a trade with the Bulls on July 19, 2001. After one season in Chicago, Oakley reunited with former Chicago Bull teammate Michael Jordan by signing as a free agent with the Washington Wizards on October 12, 2002.

Personal

- Business major at Virginia Union
- An excellent chef, he has been known to put on large spreads for his friends and family
- Enjoys golfing and ping-pong
- Donated one dollar for every rebound to the Children's Health Fund in 1993-94
- Long-time contributor to Virginia Union
- Conducts summer hoops camps for disadvantaged youths
- Owns a car wash/laundromat in his native Cleveland, Long Island, Riverdale, and NYC.
- A style-setting fashionplate, Oakley designs many of the clothes in his wardrobe
- Co-founder of Oaktree Entertainment, which produces new musical talent to recording companies and produces groups and shows nationwide

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