|Born||(1952-07-27)July 27, 1952|
|Died||September 8, 2014(2014-09-08) (aged 62)
Providence, Rhode Island
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Central (Providence, Rhode Island)|
|NBA draft||1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Number||24, 8, 27|
|1974–1976||Spirits of St. Louis|
|1979–1980||San Diego Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career ABA and NBA statistics|
|Points||5,034 (16.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,873 (9.1 rpg)|
|Assists||651 (2.1 apg)|
Marvin Jerome "Bad News" Barnes (July 27, 1952 – September 8, 2014) was an American professional basketball player.
In 1973, Barnes was the first player to score 10 times on 10 field goal attempts in an NCAA tournament game, a record surpassed by Kenny Walker, who went 11-for-11 in 1986.
He led the nation in rebounding in 1973–74.
On December 15, 1973, Barnes scored 52 points against Austin Peay, breaking the single-game school record.
He had his greatest success in the ABA, where he starred for the Spirits and was named Rookie of the Year for the 1974–75 season.
Barnes also shares the ABA record for most two-point field goals in a game, with 27.
In 2005, the ABA 2000, the second incarnation of the ABA, named one of their divisions after him.
He rented a car instead.
In 144 ABA games over two seasons, Barnes averaged 21.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks.
In 171 career NBA games Barnes averaged 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
His overall ABA/NBA career averages were 16.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Barnes' nickname "Bad News" was derived from his frequent off-court problems, which began when he was a senior at Central High School.
He was part of a gang that attempted to rob a bus.
Barnes was quickly identified, as he was wearing his state championship jacket with his name embroidered on it.
His case was handled by the juvenile justice system.
In 1972, while playing center for Providence College, Barnes attacked a teammate with a tire iron.
He later pleaded guilty to assault, paid the victim $10,000 and was placed on probation.
Barnes violated probation in October 1976 when an unloaded gun was found in his bag at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and served 152 days in Rhode Island state prison.
Upon release he returned to the Detroit Pistons.
Barnes was arrested for burglary, drug possession, and trespassing.
Because of his drug use, Barnes' NBA career was cut short and he wound up homeless in San Diego in the early 1980s.
After several rehab programs, Barnes started reaching out to youth in South Providence, where he grew up, urging them not to make the same mistakes he had.
On September 8, 2014, Barnes died at the age of 62.
The death was confirmed by Kevin Stacom, a scout for the Dallas Mavericks, who was a teammate on the Providence College team that reached the Final Four in 1973.
Barnes, who had been drug-free for several years, had recently succumbed to his addiction again, Stacom said.
He still co-holds (since tied by MarShon Brooks) the school single-game scoring record of 52 points.
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 30 or more rebounds in a game
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season rebounding leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career rebounding leaders
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin Barnes.