Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944 in Elizabeth, New Jersey), was a skilled professional basketball player. He was an All-Pro forward for the NBA San Francisco/Golden State Warriors and also the New York Nets of the ABA, 1966-1979. He currently can be heard on KNBR 680 AM KNBR-AM in San Francisco.
Barry's energetic play put wind in the sails of the basketball program at the University of Miami (Florida) in the early-mid 1960s, by leading the NCAA in scoring.
Teamed with star center Nate Thurmond in San Francisco, the 6'7" Barry led the NBA in scoring and led the Warriors to the NBA Finals in his second season. Angered at not receiving incentive monies he felt owed for these feats from San Francisco manager Al Bianchi, Barry sat out his next season and jumped to the ABA for a much larger contract. He easily starred in the less-talented league, often averaging well over 30 points per game. He led one of his ABA teams, the Oakland Oaks, to the league championship in 1970. Seeking better competition and a return to his old team, Barry returned to the NBA in 1972.
In 1975, he led the now-Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship. The following year, the Warriors were stunned in the playoffs by the sub-.500 Phoenix Suns. In 1977, they lost to the eventual champion Portland, and its star Bill Walton, in the Western Conference playoffs.
Rick Barry was traded to the Houston Rockets in return for John Lucas. The future Hall of Famer, now in the twilight of his career, averaged a modest 13.5 points. He did set a new NBA record, however, by posting a .947 free-throw percentage for the season. He would play one more year for the Rockets before retiring in 1980.
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players ever by the NBA, Barry is still today considered one of the very best forwards in history. Controversial and outspoken, Barry continues to work in the field of broadcasting, a career he began after retiring from pro basketball.
Roselle Park High School - Roselle Park, New Jersey (1957-61)
Two-time All-State selection
University of Miami (1961-65)
Associated Press First-Team All-America (1965)
The Sporting News All-America Second Team (1965)
Consensus All-America (1965)
Led the nation in scoring (37.4 ppg) as a senior
NBA San Francisco Warriors (1965-67)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1966)
NBA leading scorer in 1967 (35.6 ppg)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1967)
ABA Oakland Oaks (1968-69)
ABA Washington Capitals (1969-70)
ABA New York Nets (1970-72)
NBA Golden State Warriors (1972-78)
All-NBA Second Team (1973)
NBA Finals MVP (1975)
NBA Houston Rockets (1978-79)
All-NBA First Team (1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1976)
Eight time NBA All-Star (1966, 1967, 1973-78)
ABA All-Star First Team (1969-72)
Only player in history to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring
NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
Rick Barry has four sons Scooter, Drew, Jon, Brent who are professional basketball players.