NBA white guy of the day Brent Barry
The true journeyman white dude in the NBA, Brent Barry. This is the son of a legend Rick Barry. This shooting guard played for six NBA teams and won two rings, both with the Spurs. Brent is mostly remembered for only one thing. He won’t the Slam Dunk Contest in 1996, the first and I’m willing to bet money the only white dude who will ever do this feat.
It would be hard to live in the shadows of one of the best NBA players ever. All four of Rick Barry’s sons played basketball, but Brent was the best. Brent started out going to the best football school in the nation at one point De La Salle High School. Brent became a Beaver, going to Oregon State. He didn’t have stellar stats as an underclassman only averaging 5 pts as a freshman and 7 as a sophomore. When Brent Barry got more playing time is when business started to pick up. With some more playing time he started to heat up averaging 15 pts as a junior and blowing the doors out with 21 pts a game as a senior.
Brent Barry was picked 15th overall in the 1995 NBA draft, but got immediately traded to the Clippers from Denver. Brent was part of a four-player trade for Antonio McDyess and crap. Joe Smith was the first overall pick that year. This is the same draft that Kevin Garnett, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rasheed Wallace got picked up. Brent Barry got drafted ahead of Bobby Sura, Theo Ratliff, Jason Caffey, and Michael Finley. This was also the draft where the great Greg Ostertag was picked. Bent had some good years in the NBA actually averaging 40% from 3-point range. This assassin is 13th all time in three pointers made. But no one remembers that. What that do remember him for is winning the slam dunk contest in 1996. He beat out Michael Finley, Jerry Stackhouse, and Doug Christie. Here are the highlights.