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Old 06-15-2007, 01:11 AM   #122
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I'll select what I believe is easily the best player left on the board, forward Rick Barry.

The only man to lead the NBA (35.6), ABA (34.0) and NCAA (37.4) in scoring. Barry pioneered the point forward position, showing amazing ballhandling skills for a 6'7" player and deadly accuracy from almost any shooting distance.

Barry burst into the NBA as Rookie of the Year in 1966. After two seasons, he jumped to the ABA and led the Oakland Oaks to the ABA Championship. In 1968, the Oaks were the ABA's worst team, with a record of 22-56. Barry joined the team the following season and they improved to 60-18, devastating the opposition in the post season with a 12-1 playoff run to cap off their championship. The mercurial Barry jumped to the New Jersey Nets the following season and nearly delivered them a championship two years later.

In 1975, Barry pretty much singlehandedly carried the Golden State Warriors to the NBA title. The Warriors were huge underdogs to the Washington Bullets, but swept them in four straight games.

  • Eight time NBA All-Star (1966, 1967, 1973-78)

  • All-NBA First Team (1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1976)

  • ABA All-Star First Team (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)

  • Third all time in career FT% - .893

  • 12th all time in PPG - 24.8

  • 16th all time in points - 25279

  • Consensus All-America (1965)

  • Led the nation in scoring (37.4 ppg) as a senior

  • NBA leading scorer in 1967 (35.6 ppg)

  • ABA leading scorer in 1969 (34.0 ppg)

  • NBA highest free-throw percentage 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980

  • ABA highest free-throw percentage 1969, 1971, 1972

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1966)

  • NBA Finals MVP (1975)

  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1967)

  • NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)

The combination of Jerry West and Rick Barry gives me two of the most intense competitors who ever played the game, plus two of the greatest clutch shooters who ever lived. I have two coldblooded killers, with almost limitless range, and I would like to see who has a scarier team to defense with the score tied and ten seconds left on the game clock.

The Flying Lithuanians
SG - Jerry West
SF - Rick Barry

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