Barron with the Miami Heat in 2007
|No. 30 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
August 14, 1981 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Clarksdale (Clarksdale, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|2003–2004||Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)|
|2004–2005||Huntsville Flight (D-League)|
|2005||Red Bull Barako (Philippines)|
|2006||→Florida Flame (D-League)|
|2008||GMAC Bologna (Italy)|
|2009||Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)|
|2009–2010||Iowa Energy (D-League)|
|2010||New York Knicks|
|2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012||Golden State Warriors|
|2012||Meralco Bolts (Philippines)|
|2012||Atleticos de San Germán (Puerto Rico)|
|2013||New York Knicks|
|2014–2015||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Earl Daniel Barron, Jr. (born August 14, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.
A 7'0" center from the University of Memphis, he was never drafted by an NBA team. He began his professional career with the Turkish team Tuborg Pilsener in 2003 before joining the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League (D-League) in March 2004. He spent the 2004 pre-season with the Orlando Magic, but was waived before the regular season began. In 2005, he played with the Red Bull Barako in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
He returned to the U.S to play with the Miami Heat in the Summer League. Barron played for the Heat for three seasons, earning an NBA Championship ring in 2006. After 82 games in Miami, which included a stint with the Florida Flame, Barron was not re-signed by the Heat. In August 2008, he signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Italian team GMAC Bologna. His stint in Italy was cut short because of an ankle injury which forced him to leave the team in November 2008. In March 2009, he was signed by the Sioux Falls Skyforce and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
On September 28, 2009, Barron was signed by the New Orleans Hornets to their training camp roster. However, he failed to make the roster and was waived on October 21, 2009. He then returned to the D-League and was traded by the D-Fenders to the Iowa Energy in November 2009. He was selected to the 2010 D-League All-Star Game played during the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend. He scored a game-high 20 points for the Eastern Conference in the 81–98 loss to the Western Conference.
On April 2, 2010, he was signed to a 10-day contract by the New York Knicks. On April 6, 2010, in his second game with the Knicks, he recorded a career high 18 rebounds against the Boston Celtics. His previous career high was eight. He also scored 17 points in the game for the first double-double of his NBA career. Five days later, he recorded his second double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a game against his former team, the Heat. A day later, the Knicks signed him for the remainder of the season. He averaged 33 minutes per game in seven games with the Knicks, with a double-double average of points and rebounds per game (11.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg).
On November 16, 2010, he was signed by the Phoenix Suns, following the injury of their starting center Robin Lopez. Barron made his debut the next day vs the Heat. On December 2, 2010, he made his first start as a Sun in a game against the Golden State Warriors. Barron was released by the Suns on December 21 and signed a ten-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on March 1, 2011. He then signed a second one with the Bucks, which ended on March 21. On April 12, the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a contract for the rest of the 2011 season.
On December 21, 2011, he was waived by the Trail Blazers.
On September 26, 2014, Barron signed with the Phoenix Suns. However, he was later waived by the Suns on October 25, 2014. On November 2, 2014, he was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam as an affiliate player. On January 27, 2015, he was bought out of his contract with the Jam in order to sign in China with Shanxi Zhongyu. However, the CBA season finished before he appeared in a game for them, and he returned to the Jam on February 18. Three days later, he signed a 10-day contract with the Suns. He then signed a second 10-day contract with the Suns on March 3, and for the rest of the season on March 13.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games 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|
- NBA Development League: 2003–04 Transactions
- Magic: All-Time Transactions
- Heat: Heat Sign Earl Barron
- Barron’s rehab path may net NBA return
- NBA Development League: 2008–09 Transactions
- Hornets: Hornets Set Training Camp Roster with Signing of Earl Barron and Larry Owens
- Hornets: Hornets Request Waivers on Barron and Owens
- NBA Development League: D-Fenders Acquire Dar Tucker From Stampede.
- NBA Development League: Brian Butch Captures MVP Honors In 2010 All-Star Game
- Knicks: Knicks Sign Earl Barron to 10-Day Contract
- Gallinari helps Knicks nip Celts, temporarily avoid 50-loss season
- Heat continue run with 10th win in 11 games
- Knicks: Knicks Sign Earl Barron for Remainder of Season
- "Trail Blazers sign Earl Barron for remainder of season". Portland Trail Blazers. April 12, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- "Trail Blazers waive Earl Barron". Portland Trail Blazers. December 21, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
- "Warriors Sign Free Agent Center Earl Barron". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- Warriors Recall Chris Wright From Dakota Wizards; Waive Center Earl Barron
- Meralco to debut new import vs Powerade
- Wizards Sign Four For Training Camp
- Wizards Waive Livingston And Barron
- "Knicks bring back center Earl Barron". InsideHoops.com. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- Suns Sign Barron, Jackson, Prather, Wilson
- Suns Waive Earl Barron
- Bakersfield Jam Announce 2014-15 Training Camp Roster
- Earl Barron signing with Shanxi
- Suns Sign Barron to 10-Day Contract
- Suns Sign Earl Barron to Second 10-Day Contract
- Suns Sign Earl Barron For Remainder Of Season