Rick barry

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Basketball player
Rick barry
Rick barry
Player information
Full name Richard Francis Dennis Barry III
birthday 28th March 1944 (age 76)
place of birth Elizabeth , New Jersey , United States
size 201 cm
Weight 93 kg
position Small forward
college Miami
NBA draft 1965, 2nd pick , San Francisco Warriors
Clubs as active
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Richard Francis Dennis "Rick" Barry III (born March 28, 1944 in Elizabeth , New Jersey ) is a retired American basketball player . Between 1965 and 1980 he played ten years in the NBA with the teams of the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets , and four years in the ABA with the Oakland Oaks , Washington Caps and New York Nets . Barry is six feet tall and played in the small forward position .

His four sons, Brent , Scooter , Jon and Drew also became professional basketball players.


Barry, whose father was a basketball coach, played as a student at Roselle Park High School in the US state of New Jersey and from 1962 to 1965 at the University of Miami . In the 1964/35 season he led the basket hunter list of the NCAA with 37.4 points per game. In total, he played 77 games for the university team within the three years and achieved an average of 29.8 points. His maximum value in one encounter was 59 points.

Rick Barry in 1972

Barry was selected by the San Francisco Warriors in the 1965 NBA draft . After he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 and was called to the NBA All-Rookie Team , Barry became the first NBA star to move to the competitive ABA league in 1967 . He was therefore unpopular in the NBA and later never won the award for best player ( MVP ) in the NBA despite great performances .

In 1975 he won the NBA championship with the Warriors and was awarded the title MVP of the final series. Barry is the only player to top the NCAA , ABA, and NBA as the top scorer. He has been called up four times to an All-NBA First Team and five times to an All-ABA First Team. In addition, he was elected to an All-Star team twelve times in his career (eight times in the NBA and four times in the ABA).

During his professional career he scored 25,279 points and had an average of over 30 points in four years of play. Barry was known for his very strong competitive spirit and will to win, he said of himself that he was not an easy person when he was playing.

Rick Barry also became known for using a technique that was considered out of date for his free throws. He went slightly on his knees and threw the ball with both hands from below with an underhand free throw onto the basket. He gave the ball a strong spin. In his NBA career, he converted 90 percent of his free throws. In the 1978/79 season it was 94.7 percent.

On May 5, 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was included in the 1996 list of the 50 best players in NBA history.


  • Rick Barry, Bill Libby: Confessions of a basketball gypsy. The Rick Barry story. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs NJ 1972, ISBN 0-13-167445-5 (English).

See also

Web links

Commons : Rick Barry  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Legends profile: Rick Barry. In: NBA. Retrieved July 29, 2020 .
  2. ^ A b Rick Barry - University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 29, 2020 .
  3. youtube.com: Rick Barry's free throw technique (English)
  4. basketball-reference.com: Free Throw Statistics by Rick Barry (English)
  5. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Richard F. "Rick" Barry. Retrieved April 22, 2020 (English).