Matt Kelly Barnes (born March 9, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Barnes was drafted in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in his last season with the league in 2017.
Barnes with the Lakers in March 2012
|Born||March 9, 1980|
Santa Clara, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||226 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Del Campo (Fair Oaks, California)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Number||9, 21, 22|
|2003–2004||Long Beach Jam|
|2004||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005||New York Knicks|
|2006–2008||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2012||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2012–2015||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2017||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Barnes was born in Santa Clara, California, to a Caucasian mother and an African American father. He attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, where he was a letterman in football and basketball. He earned All-American, All-State, All-CIF, All-City, and All-League honors in each sport.
Early career (2002–2006)
Barnes was selected with the 46th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA draft, and was immediately traded along with Nick Anderson, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Wesley Person. The Cavaliers assigned him for the NBA D-League, and he joined the Fayetteville Patriots for the 2002–03 season.
Barnes signed with the Long Beach Jam of the ABA for their inaugural season in 2003, where he played with Dennis Rodman. The team went 24-7 and won the ABA Championship. Barnes averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds, and was able to turn his performance into a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers for the second half of the 2003-04 season.
In October 2004, he signed with the Sacramento Kings. He made his debut for the Kings recording 17 points and 9 rebounds, establishing himself as a key rotation player for Sacramento. He was traded halfway through the 2004–05 season along with Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers, in exchange for Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner. He did not suit up for Philadelphia that season while recovering from a knee tendinitis, and was given an injury release.
Barnes signed a free agent contract with the New York Knicks in October 2005. Although he appeared to secure a starting job with an impressive preseason and Allan Houston's retirement, he was waived by the Knicks after playing just six games. He was then claimed by the 76ers to serve a second stint in Philadelphia, where he finished out the season.
Golden State Warriors (2006–2008)
Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors before their first day of training camp in October 2006, and effectively raised his status in the league since joining the team. With struggling forward Mike Dunleavy, Jr. placed on the bench, Barnes was given more playing time by coach Don Nelson. On December 26, 2006, he hit seven three-point field goals to tie a Warriors franchise record. The record was broken later that season by Jason Richardson, who hit 8 three-pointers on March 29, 2007. Barnes, a high-school All-American wide receiver, says that if he had not been signed by the Warriors he would have tried out for the NFL.
Before signing with Golden State, Barnes had only made 10 three-pointers in his career. In the 2006–07 season, he made 106. After joining Golden State, Matt's offense improved impressively, from 3 points a game in Philadelphia to 9.8, appearing in 76 games. He also added a strong 2007 post-season, with 11.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg in eleven playoff games and helped the #8 seed Warriors take down the #1 seed Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs.
On August 6, 2007, Barnes returned to the Warriors under a one-year contract.
Phoenix Suns (2008–2009)
On July 22, 2008, Barnes signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. On November 14, 2008, Barnes received a two-game suspension for his role in the scuffle with Houston's Rafer Alston two days earlier.
Orlando Magic (2009–2010)
On July 23, 2009, Barnes signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic. Although he was able to opt out of his deal after the first year, Barnes stated that he would like to remain in Orlando. After the Magic were eliminated in the 2010 NBA Playoffs by the Boston Celtics, Barnes announced he would opt out of the final year of his contract.
Los Angeles Lakers (2010–2012)
Return to the Clippers (2012–2015)
Barnes signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in September 2012. On October 31, 2012, the NBA suspended Barnes for one game after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor for resisting, delaying or obstructing a police officer. In June 2013, Barnes was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Clippers. On July 10, 2013, Barnes re-signed with the Clippers to a multi-year deal. In November 2013, Barnes was fined $25,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and for using his Twitter account during the game in violation of the NBA's rules.
During the 2014–15 season, Barnes was fined multiple times. On December 13, he was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle and using language during a game against the Washington Wizards. On January 25, 2015 he was fined $25,000 for what was said to be inappropriate language directed towards a fan during a game against the Phoenix Suns, although Barnes said that it was directed towards the Suns' owner. On May 8, he was fined $50,000 for remarks made to James Harden's mother during a playoff game against the Houston Rockets.
Memphis Grizzlies (2015–2016)
Later that month, on June 25, Barnes was traded again, this time to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Luke Ridnour. The move reunited Barnes with the team that originally drafted him in 2002. On December 28, 2015, Barnes was suspended by the NBA for two games for a physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher at the home of Barnes' estranged wife in Southern California in October. On January 13, 2016, the NBA Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of Barnes to get his two-game suspension without pay rescinded. Four days later, he was fined $35,000 by the NBA for publicly defending his violence towards Fisher in their October scuffle. On February 24, he scored a season-high 25 points in the Grizzlies' 128–119 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 11, he recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 121–114 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Return to Sacramento (2016–2017)
On July 9, 2016, Barnes signed with the Sacramento Kings. On February 20, 2017, he was waived by the Kings to make room for the three players the Kings acquired in the DeMarcus Cousins trade.
Return to Golden State (2017)
On March 2, 2017, Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors' starting forward, Kevin Durant, went down with a MCL injury, which left the team in need of a replacement forward. Barnes started in 5 games out of his 20 games played with the Warriors in the regular season. The Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–1 in the NBA Finals, giving Barnes his first championship ring after 14 seasons in the NBA and 16 years in professional basketball. The Warriors finished the playoffs with a 16–1 record, the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes season in which Barnes won an NBA championship|
Barnes was married to Gloria Govan, who appeared in VH1's Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives: LA, and the couple have twin boys. Barnes was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of domestic violence against Govan, and for driving with a suspended license and threatening a police officer in July 2012. They separated in 2014.
- Hoffarth, Tom (May 12, 2012). "Q and A: Lakers' Matt Barnes can remember his mom through his Athletes vs. Cancer foundation". insidesocial.com. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
- "#23 Matt Barnes". UCLABruins.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- Houston, no problem Rockets make China's Yao 1st international player selected No. 1
- Cavaliers Sign Matt Barnes and Smush Parker to Contracts
- Rodman, on the Rebound, Makes Jam Debut
- Long Beach Jam Wins League Title
- Long Beach Jammed at Pyramid
- Kings vs. Mavericks – Box Score
- A Scrappy Barnes Passes His Final Knicks Audition
- Barnes re-signs with 76ers
- Kings' Matt Barnes off to Golden State Archived October 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Davis (21 points, 16 assists) golden for Warriors in win
- Hu, Janny (March 30, 2007). "J-Rich gets healthy vs. Suns, Guard sets team record for threes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
- Hu, Janny (December 14, 2006). "Barnes turns Warriors into believers". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "Warriors Re-Sign Free Agent Forward Matt Barnes To Contract". NBA. August 6, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- New-look Jackson, Warriors aim to build on late playoff success
- Hu, Janny (March 31, 2010). "Later Daze, Baron: Davis leaves Warriors for Clippers". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Suns Sign Matt Barnes to One-Year Contract". NBA.com. July 22, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Greene, Josh (July 22, 2008). "Suns Ink Barnes to a One-Year Deal". NBA.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Feigen, Jonathan (November 14, 2008). "Rockets' Alston to miss 2 games because of fight". Chron.com. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Stein, Marc (November 14, 2008). "NBA fight fallout: Nash, Alston, Barnes suspended". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "Twitter / Matt Barnes: @Magic_Mikey I wanna b w/t". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Pollakoff, Brett (May 31, 2010). "Orlando's Matt Barnes to Opt Out of His Contract, Become a Free Agent". NBA Fanhouse. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "Veteran Barnes signs with Lakers". ESPN. July 23, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "CLIPPERS SIGN MATT BARNES". NBA.com. September 14, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- "Clippers' Barnes suspended for season opener". NBA. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
- Clippers Award Series – Matt Barnes
- "CLIPPERS SIGN MATT BARNES, DARREN COLLISON, RYAN HOLLINS AND CHRIS PAUL". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- Turner, Broderick (2013-11-14). "Clippers' Matt Barnes is fined $25,000 by NBA in wake of ejection". Los Angeles Times.
- Rohlin, Melissa (2015-03-05). "Matt Barnes tweets that if he'd kicked LeBron James he'd be in jail". Los Angeles Times.
- Bolch, Ben (2015-01-28). "Clippers' Matt Barnes says fine came from exchange with Suns owner". Los Angeles Times.
- Turner, Broderick (2015-05-08). "NBA fines Clippers' Matt Barnes $50,000 for comments to James Harden's mom". Los Angeles times.
- "Hornets Acquire Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes from the Los Angeles Clippers in Exchange for Lance Stephenson". NBA.com. June 15, 2015. Archived from the original on June 16, 2015.
- "Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
- Sources: Matt Barnes suspended two games for altercation with Derek Fisher
- Sources: Players association files grievance on behalf of Grizzlies’ Matt Barnes
- NBA fines Matt Barnes $35,000 for saying 'violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is'
- Barnes has 25 as Grizzlies defeat Lakers 128-119
- Stephenson leads Grizzlies to 121-114 OT win over Pelicans
- Matt Barnes finishes tonight with his first career...
- "Kings Sign Four Free Agents". NBA.com. July 9, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- "Kings Acquire Hield, Evans, Galloway, and 2017 Draft Selections". NBA.com. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
- Graf, Dan (February 20, 2017). "Report: Kings preparing to release 14-year NBA veteran Matt Barnes". FoxSports.com. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "Warriors Sign Matt Barnes". NBA.com. March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
- "Matt Barnes caught a lucky break. Now he's an NBA champion". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
- "Warriors (16-1) Record Best Postseason Winning Percentage in NBA History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
- "Matt Barnes calling it a career, says he did it his way". ESPN.com. December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
- Lakers' Matt Barnes Arrested Twice In Less Than Two Years
- NBA STAR MATT BARNES SEPARATED FROM GLORIA GOVAN... 'Trust Issues'
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