Jim Barnett (basketball)

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Jim Barnett
Jim Barnett in 2011.jpg
Barnett conducts an interview in 2011.
Personal information
Born (1944-07-07) July 7, 1944 (age 74)
Greenville, South Carolina
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolRamona (Riverside, California)
CollegeOregon (1963–1966)
NBA draft1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1966–1977
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number11, 33, 25
Career history
1966–1967Boston Celtics
19671970San Diego Rockets
1970–1971Portland Trail Blazers
19711974Golden State Warriors
1974–1975New Orleans Jazz
19751976New York Knicks
1977Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,536 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds2,259 (3.1 rpg)
Assists2,232 (3.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

James Franklin Barnett (born July 7, 1944) is a former professional basketball player. He has been the Golden State Warriors television analyst since the 1985–1986 NBA season.[1]

Basketball career[edit]

Youth and college career[edit]

Barnett was born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in Riverside, California. He is a member of the Riverside Hall of Fame, and was selected as an NCAA All-American as a University of Oregon basketball player.

He is in the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and the State of Oregon Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on March 10, 2012.[2]

Pro career[edit]

Barnett in 1970 as a Portland Trail Blazers player

Barnett's NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA draft.[3] He later played for the Warriors for three seasons (1971–74) and five other teams during his 11-year career, including the San Diego Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

While playing for the Trail Blazers in 1971, Barnett attempted a rushed long-range shot against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. His shot went in, prompting Blazers play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely to exclaim "Rip City! All right!" The phrase "Rip City", the meaning for which Schonely has no explanation, nonetheless caught on and became synonymous with the team and the city of Portland.[4]

Barnett played alongside many of the league's Hall of Famers, including Warriors stars Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond, as well as Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Pete Maravich and Julius Erving. Nicknamed "Crazy Horse", Barnett averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 732 games.[5]


Barnett currently works for NBC Sports Bay Area and has been the Warriors' television analyst since the 1985–1986 NBA season, working alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald. During the playoffs, or when games are nationally televised, he moves over to the radio side, and works alongside Tim Roye on KNBR.[6]

Speaking engagements[edit]

Active in the community, Barnett does speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area during the year, including guest appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions.

Personal life[edit]

Barnett married his wife Sandy in 1964. They have one daughter named Jenny, along with one granddaughter.[7]


  1. ^ Laird, Sam (January 23, 2015). "The golden voice". mashable.com. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  2. ^ 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
  3. ^ 1966 NBA Draft
  4. ^ Quick, Jason (October 14, 2009). "Ill-advised shot from feisty guard leaves indelible mark on Blazers". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Jim Barnett stats at basketball-reference.com
  6. ^ "Jim Barnett Television Analyst". nba.com. NBA. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Soonachan, Irv. "Quite Frankly". SLAM. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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