Brent Barry

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Brent Barry
Brent Barry.jpg
No. 31, 17
Guard
Personal information
Born(1971-12-31) December 31, 1971 (age 42)
Hempstead, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolDe La Salle (Concord, California)
CollegeOregon State (1990–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro playing career1995–2009
Career history
19951998Los Angeles Clippers
1998Miami Heat
1999Chicago Bulls
19992004Seattle SuperSonics
20042008San Antonio Spurs
2008–2009Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,488 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds2,780 (3.0 rpg)
Assists2,892 (3.2 apg)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Brent Barry
Brent Barry.jpg
No. 31, 17
Guard
Personal information
Born(1971-12-31) December 31, 1971 (age 42)
Hempstead, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolDe La Salle (Concord, California)
CollegeOregon State (1990–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro playing career1995–2009
Career history
19951998Los Angeles Clippers
1998Miami Heat
1999Chicago Bulls
19992004Seattle SuperSonics
20042008San Antonio Spurs
2008–2009Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,488 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds2,780 (3.0 rpg)
Assists2,892 (3.2 apg)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971) is a former American professional basketball player.[1] The 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st) shooting guard was selected out of Oregon State University by the Denver Nuggets with the 15th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, but was traded shortly after to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Barry played professionally for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets, winning two NBA Championships with the Spurs, in 2005 and 2007. He also won the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Following the conclusion of his NBA career, Barry works as sports commentator and studio host for the NBA TV show "NBA Gametime."[2]

Personal life[edit]

Barry, born in Hempstead, New York, is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and was arguably the best player of the four basketball-playing Barry sons, the others being Scooter, Jon and Drew. His stepmother, Lynn Barry, also was an accomplished basketball player in college. Brent, the second youngest, played his high school basketball at athletic powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord, California, and graduated in 1990. Barry played four years on the Beavers basketball team of Oregon State University after redshirting his freshman season. Barry graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1995.[3]

Brent and Erin Barry were married in 1998, after being together from the time they were both in high school.[4] They have two sons. In 2010 it was reported that Brent Barry had filed for divorce,[5] citing "irreconcilable differences". In December 2010 Erin Barry issued a statement[6] denying the reports[7][8] about an extra-marital affair being the cause of their separation. The divorce became final on January 5, 2011, in Texas; they have joint custody of the children.

NBA career[edit]

Barry was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (15th pick) of the 1995 NBA Draft. Brent Barry is generally considered a good passer, and has had three seasons where he averaged more than 5 assists per game. Barry is also a strong three-point shooter; he currently ranks 13th all-time in career three-point field goals made and has shot 40% from behind the arc for his career. These two strengths, combined with Barry's 6 ft 7 in frame, allows him to play a variety of positions, including point guard, shooting guard, and small forward; because he is taller than most point guards, he is often considered a point forward when he is running the offense. He was on the San Antonio Spurs Championship Squads of 2005, and 2007. He won the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1996 with a Julius Erving-inspired slam dunk in which he took off from the free throw line to sail in and dunk one-handed.[9] He was the first white player to win the competition.[10]

Clippers[edit]

1995-1998

After being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Barry was traded immediately to the Los Angeles Clippers. In his rookie season, Brent made 123 3 pointers, which broke the current rookie record. There Brent would average 10.4 ppg and 38% 3pt Field goal in 179 games. In his second season he and the Clippers attempted a playoff run where Brent would average 11.7 ppg, his highest in the postseason. The Clippers only went 3 games in the postseason while Barry was there.[11][11]

Miami Heat[edit]

1998

Barry was traded to the Miami Heat the day before the February 20th trade deadline from Los Angeles for Isaac Austin. In Miami, Barry would only play 17 games, not starting any of the games, getting only 4.1 ppg.[12][12]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

1999

Barry signed with the Bulls on January 25, 1999 and signed a 6-year $27 million contract. He played only 37 of the 50 games played that season, starting 30 of those games, and got 11.1 ppg, after an injury that season. Failing to fill the void of a Jordan-less Bulls, the team traded Brent for Hersey Hawkins and James Cotton from Seattle on August 12, 1999.[13]

Seattle Supersonics[edit]

1999-2004

Brent spent 4 seasons with the Seattle Supersonics. Brent would begin his Seattle career as a back-up for fellow Oregon State alumnus Gary Payton. He would eventually move to play the point position as a starter, and filled in when needed as a small forward. There he would average 11.2 ppg, make 669 3-point-shots, and start the majority of his NBA Career (296 out of 328 games), and total 4,107 points. In Seattle he would play 10 postseason games, starting 8 of those, the most in his career thus far.[14][14]

San Antonio Spurs[edit]

2004-2008

In the summer of 2004, Barry was signed as a free agent by the San Antonio Spurs, where he spent most of the season as a backup. After losing their first playoff game to the Denver Nuggets in the 2005 NBA Playoffs, San Antonio inserted Barry into the starting lineup. The Spurs' new lineup helped them beat the Nuggets in the series four games to one. Later in those same playoffs, Barry earned his first championship ring when the Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons in the 2005 NBA Finals. Brent and his father, Rick Barry, are only the second father-son duo to each win an NBA Championship as a player; the first was Matt Guokas, Sr. and his son Matt Guokas, Jr.. Only Bill Walton and his son Luke Walton have since achieved this feat.

In June 2007 he won his second NBA championship ring when the Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0.

In January 2008, Barry tore his right calf muscle. On February 20, 2008, (not too long after his injury) Barry, along with Francisco Elson and a 2009 first round draft pick, was traded by the San Antonio Spurs back to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for forward/center Kurt Thomas. Barry was waived the following day by the Sonics. After a mandatory 30-day waiting period, he re-signed with San Antonio on March 24, 2008 for 1 year with the possibility for the 2009-2010 season at Veteran Minimum.[15]

Coming off of injury Barry did not see very much playing time in the first 2 rounds of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Barry would shine against the Lakers in the Western Conference finals, however, getting 23 points in Game 4, with a controversial no-call foul with 2 seconds on the clock. The Spurs would lose the series in 5 games, however.

San Antonio provided Barry with the most playoff experience (71 games) of his career. He totaled 356 3-point shots made, and 1,888 points.

Houston Rockets[edit]

Barry opted out of his contract and became a free agent on July 1, 2008. On July 10, Barry signed a 2-year contract with the Houston Rockets, becoming the third member of the family to join the franchise.[16] His father, Rick, ended his career playing two seasons with the Rockets (1978–80) and his older brother, Jon, also finished his career with the Rockets, playing from 2004-06.[17] Financial terms were not released.[17]

On October 23, 2009, Brent Barry's career ended when he was cut by the Rockets at the end of training camp.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1995–96L.A. Clippers794424.0.474.416.8102.12.91.2.310.1
1996–97L.A. Clippers59018.5.409.324.8171.92.6.9.37.5
1997–98L.A. Clippers413632.7.428.400.8443.53.21.2.613.7
1997–98Miami17015.2.371.3531.0001.61.2.8.24.1
1998–99Chicago373031.9.396.302.7723.93.11.1.311.1
1999–00Seattle807434.1.463.411.8094.73.61.3.411.8
2000–01Seattle672026.5.494.476.8163.13.41.2.28.8
2001–02Seattle818137.5.508.424.8465.45.31.8.514.4
2002–03Seattle756833.1.458.403.7954.05.11.5.210.3
2003–04Seattle595330.6.504.452.8273.55.81.4.310.8
2004–05San Antonio81821.5.423.357.8372.32.2.5.27.4
2005–06San Antonio74517.0.452.396.6612.11.7.5.45.8
2006–07San Antonio752821.7.475.446.8802.11.8.7.28.5
2007–08San Antonio31117.9.481.429.9501.81.7.5.17.1
2008–09Houston56115.3.407.374.9501.71.4.4.13.7
Career91244925.9.460.405.8233.03.21.0.39.3

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1996–97L.A. Clippers3028.0.407.455.8892.33.31.3.011.7
1999–00Seattle5331.0.364.400.7142.63.0.6.68.4
2001–02Seattle5529.8.412.4381.0004.62.8.6.87.8
2004–05San Antonio23824.1.457.424.8102.41.9.7.26.1
2005–06San Antonio13223.2.557.500.7622.51.7.7.27.8
2006–07San Antonio19011.8.350.3061.0001.31.1.2.13.1
2007–08San Antonio16014.2.491.463.8001.11.1.4.15.2
2008–09Houston408.8.500.375.0001.0.8.5.03.3
Career881819.7.446.416.8022.01.7.5.25.8

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