NBRPA Mourns the loss of Marvin Barnes & James Dillard Crocker

September 8, 2014

The NBRPA recently lost two brothers and mourns the loss of Marvin Barnes and James Dillard Crocker

Barnes was selected in the 1974 NBA draft, but chose the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis instead. Barnes dominated in the ABA, averaging 24.0 points and 15.6 rebounds per game. He was named the ABA Rookie of the Year, was a 2-time ABA All-Star as well as honored as a member of the ABA All-Time Team.

Barnes later played in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers. He was a star in Rhode Island as a high school player, as well as an All-American at Providence College. He lead the Friars to the 1973 Final Four along side Kevin Stacom and Ernie DiGregorio.

Crocker played college basketball at Michigan Education College. He began playing professionally with the Fort Wayne Pistons of the BAA. In 1949 he moved to the Denver Nuggets where he averaged 13.6 points per game. He also played with the Indianapolis Olympians and the Milwaukee Hawks.
Crocker was the high scorer on the 1942 Michigan State Championship Basketball Team from Niles High School. After graduating, he joined the Army and served in two tours as a Corporal, and a Veteran of World War II.


Contributions in memory of Dillard may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. www.halbritterfunerals.com