Jim Barnett (basketball)
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Barnett conducts an interview in 2011.
|Born||July 7, 1944|
Greenville, South Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Ramona (Riverside, California)|
|NBA draft||1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Number||11, 33, 25|
|1967–1970||San Diego Rockets|
|1970–1971||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1971–1974||Golden State Warriors|
|1974–1975||New Orleans Jazz|
|1975–1976||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,536 (11.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,259 (3.1 rpg)|
|Assists||2,232 (3.0 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Youth and college career
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.
Barnett's NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA draft. 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.
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.
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.
Active in the community, Barnett does speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area during the year, including guest appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions.
Barnett married his wife Sandy in 1964. They have one daughter named Jenny, along with one granddaughter.
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- 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
- 1966 NBA Draft
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- Jim Barnett stats at basketball-reference.com
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