- Dick Barnett
Dick Barnett No. 5, 12 Forward / Guard Personal information Date of birth October 2, 1936 Place of birth Gary, Indiana Nationality American High school Theodore Roosevelt (Gary) Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg) Career information College Tennessee State NBA Draft 1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall Selected by the Syracuse Nationals Pro career 1959–1973 Career history 1959–1961 Syracuse Nationals 1961–1962 Cleveland Pipers (ABL) 1962–1965 Los Angeles Lakers 1965–1973 New York Knicks Career highlights and awards Career NBA statistics Points 15,358 (15.8 ppg) Rebounds 2,812 (2.9 rpg) Assists 2,729 (2.8 apg) Stats at NBA.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Richard "Dick" Barnett (born October 2, 1936 in Gary, Indiana) is a former American professional basketball player. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA (1959–74), but is mostly known for his 9 seasons with the New York Knicks. Barnett played in the 1968 NBA All-Star Game and was a part of the famous 1970 Knicks team, that won the NBA championship against the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 15,358 regular season points in his career.
A three-time All-America player at Tennessee A & I now (Tennessee State University), Barnett led his team to three consecutive NAIA national championships for Hall of Fame Coach John McLendon. Barnett was named championship MVP in 1958 and 1959.
The top draft choice of the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) of the NBA, Barnett played with the team until 1962, when he jumped ship from the NBA to play in the American Basketball League (ABL) with the Cleveland Pipers, who were owned by George Steinbrenner, now New York Yankees owner. Barnett led them to an ABL Championship in the 1962-63 season. He then returned to the NBA to play with the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons (legendary Laker announcer Chick Hearn nicknamed him "Fall Back Baby") and played on two NBA championship teams with the New York Knicks in 1969-70 and 1972-73.
Barnett's most recognizable playing feature was the way he kicked both legs back as he took his jump shot. In April 2007, both he and his college coach John McClendon were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Barnett is also inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
- 1957 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 1958 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 1959 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- NAIA Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player
- Tennessee A & I
- ^ Leggett, William. "A New Knick With A Knack," Sports Illustrated, January 17, 1966 (see external link below).
- ^ Dick Barnett and coach John Mclendon inductee selections for College Basketball HOF
- ^ Tennessee Sports HOF inductee Dick Barnett at TSHF website
- ^ http://www.lakenetnwi.net/member/notable/html/Dick%20Barnett.htm Northwest Indiana native Dick Barnett article at LakeNet website
- Leggett, William. "A New Knick With A Knack," Sports Illustrated, January 17, 1966.
- Career statistics and player information at Basketball-Reference.com
- Official Website DrDickbarnett.com
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