Rick Barry - The Miami Greyhound





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Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Barry was an All-Star forward for the Golden State (formerly San Francisco) Warriors and for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and for the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association (ABA) from 1965-1980.

Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996, Barry is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ABA and NBA in scoring for an individual season.

Nicknamed the "Miami Greyhound" by longtime San Francisco-area broadcaster Bill King because of his slender physical build and remarkable quickness and instincts, the 6'7" Barry won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in the 1965-66 season. The following year, he won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award with a 38-point outburst and led the NBA in scoring with a 35.6 point per game average — which still ranks as the eighth- highest output in league annals. Teamed with star center Nate Thurmond in San Francisco, Barry helped take the Warriors to the 1967 NBA Finals, which they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. Including a 55-point outburst in Game 3, Barry averaged 40.8 points per game in the series, an NBA Finals record that stood for three decades.

Barry was traded to the Houston Rockets in return for John Lucas. Now in the twilight of his career, he pioneered the "point forward" position as a ball distributor and three-point threat. He averaged 13.5 points and set a new NBA record (since broken) with a .947 free throw percentage for the season. He retired in 1980.

NBA leading scorer in 1967 (35.6 ppg), ABA leading scorer in 1969 (34.0 ppg), NBA highest free-throw percentage 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980; ABA highest free-throw percentage 1969, 1971, 1972; NBA All-Star Game MVP (1967). NBA Finals MVP (1975), All-NBA First Team (1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1976), Eight time NBA All-Star (1966, 1967, 1973-78), NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996).

Rick Barry has four sons, Scooter, Drew, Jon, Brent, all of whom are or have been professional basketball players. He also has a son named Canyon from his second marriage.

With his son Brent winning the NBA Championship in 2005 and 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs, Rick and Brent have become only the second father-son duo to both win NBA Championships as players; the first was Matt Guokas, Sr. and his son, Matt Guokas, Jr.


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