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Spurs By The Numbers- Brent Barry wears #17 for two NBA titles

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The 1996 Slam Dunk champ found a home in San Antonio.

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When I joined Pounding The Rock, I pitched a project that would cover every player who ever wore a Spurs jersey. Not equally, by any means, but each jersey would be identified numerically by the players who wore it.

There is a significance to the numbers of jerseys as it pertains to the five NBA Championships that have been won by the San Antonio Spurs.

There is only one jersey number associated with all five San Antonio Spurs NBA Championships- #21. Tim Duncan. He is coincidentally also the only player to be involved in all five titles.

There are five numbers associated with four Spurs titles. #9 Tony Parker and #20 Manu Ginobili, as well as #2, #4, and #11.

The next set of jersey numbers are those associated with three of the Spurs NBA titles.

Those numbers are 3, 5, 8, 12, 17, and 33. Today we continue our look at #17.

#17

Brent Barry

San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Brent Barry started his NBA career as the 15th overall draft pick in 1995. He was immediately traded with Rodney Rogers to the Los Angeles Clippers for Antonio McDyess and Randy Woods. Barry scored 123 three pointers in his rookie season, setting the record for the Clippers by a first year player.

During his rookie season, Barry won the NBA Slam Dunk contest.

Barry spent the remainder of the 1997-98 season in Miami after being traded to the Heat for Isaac Austin.

The Chicago Bulls signed “Bones” to a 6-year/$27M contract starting in 1998, but Barry was limited to thirty-seven games due to injury. As a result, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. Eventually, Barry saw some time in the starting rotation as a point guard.

In 2004, the San Antonio Spurs signed Brent Barry through free agency.

Barry was inserted into the starting line-up during the series against the Denver Nuggets in the postseason of 2005. His ability from beyond the arc made him lethal and elevated the Spurs in their third title run.

On June 23, 2005, Brent Barry, along with his father Rick Barry, became the second father-son duo to win championships in the NBA.

NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Barry doubled down and continued to shine with the Spurs through their 2007 title run against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Barry did not retire in San Antonio, but rather a couple of hundred miles east in Houston. His father, Rick, has retired in Houston in 1980 and his brother, Jon, also ended his career with the Rockets in 2006. After being cut from Houston’s training camp, Barry added the comment that “all the Barrys were buried in Houston.”

Since retiring, Brent has been seen on NBA TV and TNT as an analyst.

He is also a musician and can be seen in San Antonio with his band Panic! At the Costco. Additionally, he has been featured in music videos by Buttercup and Demitasse.

In 2018, Barry became the vice president of basketball operations in the Spurs’ front office.

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