92. Charles Oakley

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92. Charles Oakley
Charles Oakley was a key member of both the Bulls and Knicks in the 80’s and 90’s and built a solid reputation as a bruiser underneath.  He seemingly played forever and is high on some career accumulative stats such as games played and total rebounds but did not average double digits in either points or rebounds.  Sadly his legacy will be that of the guy who was traded right before the Bulls made their run and that fact alone should keep him out of the Hall.



Should Charles Oakley be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 51.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.6%
No opinion. - 3.3%
No way! - 14.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2010
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets/Wizards, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors
  • College: Virginia Union
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall in 1985
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA All Star (1) (1994)
    First Team NBA Defensive Selection (1) (1993-94)
    Second Team NBA Defensive Selection (1) (1997-98)
    Most Defensive Rebounds (2) (1986-87 & 1987-88)
    Most Rebounds (2) (1986-87 & 1987-88)
    Division II Player of the Year (1) (1985)
    Championship Rings: None
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (8) (1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1992-93 & 1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (5) (1986-87, 1987-88, 1990-91, 1993-94 & 2000-01)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (6) (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1990-91, 1993-94 & 1996-97)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (5) (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1990-91 & 1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (1993-94)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 10.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,924
    16.  Defensive Rebounds: 8,281
    23.  Rebounds: 12,205
    27.  Games Played: 1,282
    35.  Minutes Played: 40,280

Should Charles Oakley be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 51.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.6%
No opinion. - 3.3%
No way! - 14.6%

Comments   

0 #2 TheBayAreaGuy 2015-02-24 19:49
It will be difficult for Oakley to make it in the Hall of Fame (only 1 All-Star appearance), but he is certainly one of the most under-rated players of his era. If he had came 10 years earlier in the late '70s/early '80s as his rebounding and toughness would've been better appreciated.

He was so highly rated by MJ in the Bulls' days that Jordan criticized management publicly.
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+1 #1 CHARLES OAKLEY 2013-06-10 20:56
WHY IS CHARLES OAKLEY NOT IN THE HALL OF FAME????
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