1984-85 Philadelphia 76ers season

1984–85 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1984-85 Philadelphia 76ers season was Charles Barkley's rookie season. Sir Charles joined a veteran team that included Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks, three players who took Philadelphia to the 1983 NBA championship. Under the tutelage of Malone, Barkley was able to manage his weight and learned to prepare and condition himself properly for a game. He averaged 14.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during the regular season and earned a berth on the All-Rookie Team. In the postseason, the Sixers advanced into the Eastern Conference Finals but were defeated in five games by the Boston Celtics. As a rookie in the postseason, Barkley averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.


NBA Draft

Charles Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA Draft. He was selected with the fifth pick in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers, two slots after the Chicago Bulls drafted Michael Jordan.
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 5 Charles Barkley (PF) Auburn

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 -
Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 21
Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 39

Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Award Winners

  • Charles Barkley, All-NBA Rookie Team
  • Maurice Cheeks, All-NBA Defensive First Team
  • Bobby Jones, All-NBA Defensive Second Team
  • Moses Malone, All-NBA First Team


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