Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry. The 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st) shooting guard played professionally in the National Basketball Association, winning two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. He also won the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Brent Barry was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (15th pick) of the 1995 NBA draft, but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night in a 4-player trade with Rodney Rogers for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft (Antonio McDyess) and Randy Woods. Barry was generally considered a good passer and had three seasons where he averaged more than 5 assists per game. Barry was also a strong three-point shooter; he currently ranks 13th all-time in career three-point field goals made and shot 40% from behind the arc for his career. These two strengths, combined with Barry’s 6 ft 7 in frame, allowed him to play a variety of positions, including point guard, shooting guard, and small forward; because he was taller than most traditional point guards, he was often considered a point forward when he was running the offense. He was on the San Antonio Spurs championship teams in 2005 and 2007. He won the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1996 with a Julius Erving-inspired slam dunk in which he took off from the free throw line to sail in and dunk one-handed. He was the first caucasian player to win the competition.
Barry opted out of his contract and became a free agent on July 1, 2008. On July 10, Barry signed a 2-year contract with the Houston Rockets, becoming the third member of the family to join the franchise. His father, Rick, ended his career playing two seasons with the Rockets (1978–80) and his older brother, Jon, also finished his career with the Rockets, playing from 2004–06. Financial terms were not released.
On October 23, 2009, Brent Barry’s career ended when he was cut by the Rockets at the end of training camp, leading Barry to later remark that “all the Barry’s were buried in Houston”.
Barry now works as a sports commentator for NBA on TNT and is a studio host for the NBA TV show “NBA Gametime.”
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (2005, 2007)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1996)
First-team All-Pac-10 (1995)
Points 8,488 (9.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,780 (3.0 rpg)
Assists 2,892 (3.2 apg)