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Joe Barry Carroll
Born July 24, 1958 (1958-07-24) (age 51)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Nationality USA
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
College Purdue
Draft 1st overall, 1980
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1980–1991
Former teams Golden State Warriors (1980-84)
Simac Milano (1984-1985)
Golden State Warriors (1985-88)
Houston Rockets (1988)
New Jersey Nets (1988-90)
Denver Nuggets (1990)
Phoenix Suns (1991)
Awards college

1979: First-Team All-Big Ten, Third Team All-American

1980: First-Team All-Big Ten, First Team All-American


1981: NBA All-Rookie Team

1987: NBA All-Star Team

Joe Barry Carroll (born July 24, 1958 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the NBA.


High school career


Denver East (CO)


Joe Barry Carroll, a 7'1" center, attended Denver East High School, located in Denver, Colorado. There, he was selected as an All-American by Midwest Coach and Athlete Magazine. In his senior year, he averaged 20.3 points and 12.2 rebounds a game, while scoring 41 points in one contest.

College career



After high school, Joe moved onto play basketball at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Under head coach Fred Schaus, he helped lead the Boilermakers to a 20-8 record. In Joe Barry's first national televised appearance against Indiana, he scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 20 minutes coming off the bench in the 86-76 win. On December 10, 1977, he recorded the school's only triple-double with 16 points, 16 rebounds and a single-game school record 11 blocks. He recorded 206 rebounds and averaged 7.4 a game in his first season, the most for a Purdue Freshman. Joe Barry also holds the Freshman record for most blocks in a season with 82.


Carroll set school records with 105 blocks on the season and most averaged with 3.9 swats a game as a Sophomore. With Senior Walter Jordan, he helped lead the team to a 16-11 record and to a 4th place finish in conference play.


Fred Schaus stepped down in 1978 and was replaced by Lee Rose. Playing with a slowed down, controlled system compared to Schaus' fast-pace style, Carroll and Senior point guard, Jerry Sichting, led Purdue to a first place Big Ten tie with an Earvin Johnson-led Michigan State. Not receiving the favor of the two teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament, Joe Barry led Purdue to the NIT Finals his Junior year, losing to in-state rivals, Indiana. He averaged 22.8 points a game on the season and was named First Team All-Big Ten and a Third Team All-American, while leading the Boilers to a 27-8 record. He grabbed a school record 352 rebounds on the season.


During his Senior year, he led the Boilermakers to an NCAA Final Four appearance, losing to UCLA in the semi-finals. They won the consolation game against Iowa, where Carroll scored a game high 35 points in his last game as a Boilermaker. Leading Purdue to a 23-10 record on the season, he was named a First Team All-American and a second straight First Team All-Big Ten selection. He played 1,235 minutes on the season, the most by any player in school history.

College notes

Joe Barry Carroll holds the all-time school records for career rebounds (1148) and blocks (349). With 2,175 points in his college career, he's second only behind Rick Mount, while just having 1 point more than Dave Schellhase's 2,174 third-most mark. He majored in physical education.

Professional career

Golden State Warriors


Carroll was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the first overall pick of the 1980 NBA Draft. Many have labeled Carroll as one of the biggest busts in NBA Draft history, giving him the nickname "Joe Barely Cares" for his perceived indifference to the game.[1] A great deal of Carroll's negative press, however, can reasonably be attributed by the fact that he often declined interviews and the fact that the Warriors traded Robert Parish and the draft choice used to select Kevin McHale to the Boston Celtics for the first overall picked used to select Carroll. During his first few seasons, however, Carroll was actually a very productive player. He averaged 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a rookie. He scored a game high of 46 points and led the Warriors with 121 blocks during his first season, while being named an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection.


Two seasons later, he averaged a career high 24.1 points to go along with 8.7 rebounds. On March 5, 1983, he scored 52 points against the Utah Jazz. Carroll raised some eyebrows for leaving the Warriors in 1984 to play in Italy[2] for Simac Milano.


He returned to the NBA for the 1985-86 season and averaged 21.2 points for two consecutive seasons under head coach George Karl. He was named to the 1987 NBA All-Star Game, where he scored 4 points and had 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. Joe Barry played in his first playoff game against the Utah Jazz in the 1987 NBA Playoffs, where he helped lead the team to the Western Conference Semifinals, losing to eventual champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Throughout his career as a Warrior, he is a top ten career franchise leader in defensive rebounds (3rd), offensive rebounds (4th), points per game (8th), total points (9th) and steals (9th). He scored at least 1,000 points in each of his seasons as a Warrior. He left Golden State as the franchise leader in blocks with 837, which is currently the second most behind Adonal Foyle's 1,090 from 1997 to 2007.

Houston Rockets


After his last full season with the Warriors in the 1986-87 season, his production began to decline. In December, 1987, he was traded with Sleepy Floyd to the Houston Rockets for Ralph Sampson and Steve Harris to play under head coach Bill Fitch. Carroll averaged just 12.7 points during that season, where he averaged 20 or more a game the four prior seasons. He helped lead the Rockets to an NBA Playoff appearance, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the First Round.

New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns


Carroll was traded to the New Jersey Nets for the 1988-89 season, where he averaged 14.1 points a game and shot 80 percent from the free throw line. He was traded in middle of the 1989-1990 season to the Denver Nuggets for Michael Cutright on February 21, 1990, where he averaged 10 points a game and appeared in the First Round of the 1990 NBA Playoffs, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. Joe Barry Carroll played his last NBA season for the Phoenix Suns. Only playing in 11 games and averaging 3.4 points, he shot a career high .917 percent from the line.

Career notes

Joe Barry retired from the NBA in 1991. He ended his career with totals of 12,455 points and 5,404 rebounds, 4 times topping 20+ point a game in scoring. He appeared in 19 playoff games, where he averaged 27 minutes, 5 rebounds and 13.7 points per game. On his career, he averaged 32 minutes, 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1 steal, 1.6 blocks and 17.7 points a game with a .474 field goal and .747 free throw percentage in 705 games.

After retirement

Carroll is currently an investment advisor and businessman living outside of Atlanta, Georgia on his family ranch.


On August 11, 2006, Carrol and Joseph Shaw, a fellow businessman, sat at the Phipps Plaza Restaurant bar and ordered drinks and food. Both being black, the bartender asked them both to move from their seats for two females, while there were several white males at the bar and were not asked to move. Politely declining to move, management called security to move them from the premisis. Shortly after, Carroll filed a complaint to Atlanta's Human Relations Commission. Joe Barry Carroll won the case, where the panel found the tavern discriminated against the men on the basis of their gender and "arguably, their race". Carroll stated he would donate any jury award to charity.

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Preceded by
Earvin Johnson
NBA first overall draft pick
1980 NBA Draft
Succeeded by
Mark Aguirre


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