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61. Dick Barnett

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61. Dick Barnett
Dick Barnett led tiny Tennessee State to three straight NAIA titles in the 50’s before becoming a star with the Lakers and the Knicks.  He was on both of the Knicks championship teams.  Barnett had 15,000 career points for “Fall Back Baby” as Chick Hearn dubbed him as he was as infamous for the way he shot his great jump shot (he actually kicked both of his legs out when shooting his jump shot). He was elected in the second College Hall of fame class in 2007, which will likely hurt his chances of getting in the real one.


Should Dick Barnett be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Gary, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1979
  • Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward
  • Played For: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Syracuse Nationals
  • College: Tennessee
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 4th Overall in 1959
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-NBA Second Team (1) (1973-74)
    NBA All-Star (1) (1968)
    NBA All-Defensive First Team (3) (1973-74, 1975-76 & 1976-77)
    NBA All-Defensive Second Team (5) (1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1974-75 & 1977-78)
    Most Assists: (1) (1970-71)
    NBA Championships (2) (New York Knicks, 1969-70 & 1973-74)
    ABL Champion (1) (Cleveland Pipers, 1962)
    NAIA Champion (3) (1957, 1958 & 1959)
    NAIA Tournament MVP (2) (1958 & 1959)
    NAIA All-American (3) (1957, 1958 & 1959)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Points (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (2) (1960-61 & 1966-67)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (1) (1962-63)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (1) (1962-63)
    Top Ten Finishes: Effective Field Goal Percentage (1) (1962-63)
    Top Ten Finishes: True Shooting Percentage (3) (1962-63, 1965-66 & 1966-67)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goals (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (2) (1963-64 & 1965-66)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Win Shares (3) (1962-63, 1963-64 & 1965-66)

Should Dick Barnett be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%