By Brandon Zhu
On this day in 1965, Rick Barry debuted for the San Francisco Warriors at a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors won 122-115. The legendary player was known for his efficient scoring and unorthodox but effective free throw. Barry emerged as a star in his rookie season averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 82.6 FT%. He helped improve the Warriors’ dismal 17-win record, from the previous year, to 35 wins in the 1965-66 season. Barry suited up for five teams in his 14 seasons, but he is most remembered for leading the Warriors to their second NBA championship in 1975. In the series, the Warriors upset the favored Washington Bullets in a four game sweep. Barry was named the NBA Finals MVP after averaging 29.5 points, 5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and his no.24 was retired by the Golden State Warriors.