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.
Oakley was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his 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.
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.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1994)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1994)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)