Rick Barry
Rick Barry had his own style that’s certain. He was criticized for his choices on and off the court, whether it was shooting free throws underhand or vocally berating teammates. But, Barry didn’t care, he flat out, balled out. He collected a scoring title his second season in the league, averaged 30.5 points a game over the first six years of his career, Barry could score.
Barry is criticized for reasons similar to Kobe Bryant. A vocal teammate who loved shooting the ball. . . However, like Bryant Barry knew how to put a team on his back, carrying the Warriors to the Finals in his sophmore season. He got the Warriors over the hump in 1975 winning the Championship, a Championship that had to keep Bay fans warm for 40 long years.
The Resume:

12x All-Star

9x All-NBA/ABA

Rookie of the Year

All-Star MVP

Finals MVP


Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Justin Termine (16).

The Barn Burner: Matt Drappel and James Holas (51).

How did the other guys rank Barry: Lang Greene (19), Jacob Noble (22), Adi Joseph (24), Josh Eberley (25), Robert Littal (29), Justin Salkin (29), Justin Rowan (30), Will Reeve (30), Marc Griffin (32), Shane Young (36), and Brian Geltzeiler (38).


Barry Finals


#27, Friday September 11th.


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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic


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