Over a 16-year career, Charles Barkley compiled an average of 22 points per game on 54 percent shooting to go along with 11.7 rebounds per game. Those numbers were great enough to get him inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Chuckster will forever be viewed as one of the best power forwards in NBA history.
But despite all his accomplishments and accolades, Barkley never excelled at shooting 3’s. His career 3-point average of 26 percent is the lowest of any NBA player in history with a minimum of 2,000 attempts. Granted, Barkley only shot about two per game, but still, that’s a rough statistic to own. It was surprising, then, over All-Star Weekend in Toronto, when Barkley started talking smack to average human Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s Inside the NBA, about his 3-point shooting form, referring to him as “grandpa.” Johnson took offense, and the two decided to have a 3-point shootout ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
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On the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Johnson took down Barkley with relative ease, knocking down 10 of his 20 shot attempts for a crispy 50 percent, while Barkley managed to hit just seven. So even if you’ve never played a game of organized basketball in your entire life, there’s a pretty good chance you could beat Charles Barkley in a 3-point shot competition.