Born on March 28, 1944, Richard Francis Dennis Barry (Rick Barry) is the only player in history to win scoring titles in the NCAA (37.4 ppg), the NBA (35.6 ppg), and the ABA (34 ppg).
Rick is referred to as the first point-forward in the game's history.
Barry had a career year in 1974-75. He led the Warriors to the NBA title, averaged 30.6 points (second to the Buffalo Braves’ Bob McAdoo), and led the league in free-throw percentage (.904) and steals (2.85 per game). He also ranked sixth in the NBA in assists with 6.2 per game, the only forward to make the top 10. Rick was named the NBA Finals MVP with 29.5 ppg, 5 assists per game, and 3.5 steals per game.
Barry retired after the 1979-80 season. In 14 seasons of professional basketball (10 in the NBA), he had played in more than 1,000 games, never missing more than four NBA games in a row until his final year. He averaged 23.2 points in the NBA and 30.5 points in his four ABA seasons. His combined scoring totaled 25,279 points, which ranks him among the top scorers in professional basketball history.
In the playoffs he was even more prolific, scoring 24.8 points per game in his NBA postseason career and 33.5 points per game in the ABA. At the time of his retirement, Barry was the most accurate free-throw shooter in NBA history, having hit 90.0 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Rick was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987, was named to the NBA’s Top 50 team and was also chosen as a member of the NBA 75th anniversary team.
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