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Back to Earth for Barkley the Birthday Boy

These numbers will put a damped on Charles Barkley birthday week.

Back to Earth for Barkley the Birthday Boy

In honor of his 50th birthday, which was Wednesday, we honor Charles Barkley for saying, "I´m not a role model." (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
In honor of his 50th birthday, which was Wednesday, we honor Charles Barkley for saying, "I'm not a role model." (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

We hope that Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has finished digesting all of his Birthday Cake (or Cakes), because this could give him indigestion. The 50-year-old former Sixer is by far the worst three-point shooter in NBA history.

Since the shot was instituted in the NBA for the 1979-80 season, Barkley is the only player with at least 2,000 three-point field-goal attempts to shoot under 30%. And he is well under 30%; he would have to come back and make his first 98 three-pointers to break into the 30s.

As it turns out, former Sixers have the first-, second- and fourth- worst 3FG percentages on this list:

 WORST CAREER 3-PT. FG PCT. (Min.: 2000 Attempts)
 Player     3FG   3FGA    Pct.
 Charles Barkley     538   2020   26.6%
 Jerry Stackhouse     983   3190   30.8%
 Lamar Odom     653   2093   31.2%
 Allen Iverson   1059   3383   31.3%
 Gary Payton   1132   3570   31.7%
 Clyde Drexler     827   2603   31.8%
 Dominique Wilkins     711   2231   31.9%
 Vernon Maxwell   1256   3931   31.95%
 Baron Davis   1332   4159   32.03%
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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