Charles started his career with collegiate basketball for three seasons while studying at Auburn. Despite being obese and heavyweight, he continued to cheer exhilarating fans and calm down their nerves with spectacular blocked shots and dunks, making a way to become a great player. Being a center forward for Auburn, he broke a number of records and collected several awards including Southeastern Conference as well as named SEC Player of the Decade.
- 1984: Selected by Philadelphia 76ers for NBA
- 1992: Drafted by Phoenix Suns, where he led the team to finals
- 1992: Won gold medal in Olympics
- 2000: Joined TNT as a studio analyst
In the completion of Auburn final year, he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers for the 1984 NBA draft with the 5th overall pick. Undeterred, he soon buried his heavyweight under the tutelage of Malone to prepare owns self for the on-court conditions. He played power forward for 76ers with his discernible basketball skills while occasionally filled in for the center and small forward position ruling half a foot taller.
He played Philadelphia for eight seasons, but the best during his entire tenure came in his first NBA season when the Sixers won the regular with 58-24 and progressed all the way through finals of the 1985 Eastern Conference, unfortunately losing five games to Boston Celtics.
Afore the 1986-87 season, he was advanced to become the in charge of the team after Moses Malone was merchandised to Washington Bullets. Though he missed a majority of games in the year following injuries and grumpiness, he earned the first trip to NBA All-Star game and in the following season, he was named Sixers franchise player.
In the summer of 1992 when he was traded to Phoenix Suns, it came to as a triumph for both Suns and Barkley as finish the board, becoming a leading scorer. With his incredible performance and contribution, Phoenix reached to the NBA finals, however; Chicago won the game with 4-2.
Injuries constantly seem to halt his astounding career but, he being one of the NBA best player showed up in different seasons for Suns including the last 1995-96 season, where he lead Suns score 23.3 points on 500 shooting.
In the NBA 1996-97 season, he played for Houston Rockets which was his last break to win NBA title. Although the next two years, he kept fighting with austere injuries and pain he managed to play the high-level game in next seasons including his last 1999-2000 season in NBA. Being the part of a Dream Team, he competed in Olympic bring gold to the home in the United States.
After retirement from professional basketball career, he joined TNT as studio analyst covering NBA games pre and post-game and halftime shows. He also took over the position of studio analyst for the Turner Sports and CBS joint coverage of NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
Additionally, he served NBC coverage of NFL games as well as hosted Saturday Night Live. In 2004, he was named first-ever celebrity guest for College GameDay. For his outstanding work in TNT, he won Sports Emmy Awards in 2012.
Apart from this, he is an author for I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It and has contributed to Rick Reilly’s book The Life of Reilly. Also, he has briefly appeared in the 3rd episode of TV series Suits and played in Space Jam.