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Richard F. "Rick" Barry

Enshrined 1987
Elizabeth, NJ
Born: March 28, 1944

Biography

Rick Barry was an aggressive player who would use any means necessary to score and win. Playing with an unrivaled passion and competitive zeal, Barry was known for his slashing drives to the hoop with such reckless abandon that they either landed him two points or a trip to the free-throw line. Despite his modern style of basketball, his unique underhanded technique at the line was reminiscent of basketball's early days. In college, Barry single-handedly resurrected the University of Miami program, earning All-America honors while leading the nation in scoring (37.4 ppg) in his senior year. From the perimeter, his deadeye outside jump shot was a lethal weapon, and helped him to become the only player in history to lead the NCAA, ABA, and NBA in scoring.

Career Highlights

NBA All-Star, 1966-67, 1973-78
All-NBA First-Team, 1966, 1967, 1974-76
NBA championship with Golden State Warriors, 1975
NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1996