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Rick Barry

Ht. 6-7
Wt. 205
College - Miami (FL)
ABA Teams: Oakland (1968-69), Washington (1969-70), New York (1970-71 to 1971-72)

All-American at the University of Miami (FL); First Big-Name NBA Player to jump to the ABA; ABA Scoring Leader in 1968-69 with 34.0 ppg; Finished Second in ABA Scoring three consecutive times: 1969-70 (27.7 ppg), 1970-71 (29.4 ppg), and 1971-72 (31.5 ppg); Led ABA in Free Throw Percentage three times (1968-69, 1970-71, & 1971-72); ABA Record Holder for most consecutive free throws in one game with 23; 4 Time Member of ABA All-Pro Team; 4 Time ABA All-Star; Member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

From Jim O'Brien's 1971-72 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
The blonde bomber fell in love with Frisco and Northern California in general, but moved across Bay to Oakland to play for his father-in-law Bruce Hale and the Oakland Oaks, saying he thought it best for his marriage at the time (as well as his bankbook) . . . Franchise failed there, Barry's stock in club was worthless, and thence began the seemingly endless excursions around the country, as ABA pitched and pulled down tents more often than a circus . . . Ended up as marquee player for the ABA New York Nets in the 1970-71 season . . . Late-season charge nearly netted Barry his third pro scoring championship . . . Sidelined better part of first two months of 1970-71 season with ankle injury, but looked like old self in stretch and his 29.4 points average was topped only by Kentucky's Dan Issel . . . Led league with 89% average in free-throw shooting, pitching them underhanded . . . Hit all-time team high of 53 points vs. Pittsburgh . . . "I rank Rick as the greatest and most productive offensive forward ever to play the game," said Bill Sharman, who coached him when he won NBA scoring title with San Francisco Warriors in 1967 with 35.6 average . . . Has five-year contract with Golden State Warriors which takes effect next season, and had said he'd keep in moral and legal commitment, but now that he's subbed for sportscasters on TV in New York, he'll never want to leave . . . Warriors owner Franklin Meuli said he'd never return once he got a taste of New York idoltry . . . Hit eight three-pointers against Virginia Squires, team he forced trade from . . . He's the main reason Nets were biggest draw on road in ABA, especially in Virginia cities

GP Min FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% TReb AST PF Stl Blk Pnts RPG APG
PPG
Career ABA Totals 226 9328 2443 5120 .477 103 372 .277 1895 2154 .880 1695 935 764 -- -- 6884 7.5 4.1 30.5
ABA Playoff Totals 31 1338 381 767 .497 40 97 .412 235 273 .861 257 116 118 -- -- 1037 8.3 3.7 33.5
ABA All-Star Totals 4 82 16 37 .432 0 0 .000 12 14 .857 24 18 7 - - 44 6.0 4.5 11.0

"For years, Barry was the ABA at its absolute individual best. In the beginning, he was the young league's leading big-name star, and perhaps had an influence on others following suit and signing on with the upstart pro basketball circuit. " - ABA Sportswriter Jim O'Brien in his1972 book "ABA All-Stars."

Read Jim O'Brien's entire Barry Interview/ABA Biography here.

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