- Indiana Pacers 1980 - 1984
John Barnhill was a Point Guard with the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association. He is 6 feet and an inch tall and weighed 180 lbs.
John Barnhill did hid schooling from the Lincoln High School in Evansville, Indiana. He later attended the Tennessee State University where he played for the college basketball team called the Tennessee State University Tigers and won the 1957 NAIA Championships. In 1959, Barnhill was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the National Basketball Association. After four seasons with the Hawks, Barnhill was dealt to the Detroit Pistons in 1966. In 1967, the Baltimore Bullets acquired Barnhill and traded him to the San Diego Rockets the following season in 1968. In 1969, Barnhill was back playing for his former team Baltimore Bullets, however this time he decided to play with the Indiana Pacers in the NBA’s rival American Basketball Association in 1970. He was traded to the Denver Rockets also an ABA team in 1971. In 1972, Barnhill once again was playing with the Indiana Pacers in the ABA. In the following years despite offers from the Chicago Bulls, San Diego Rockets and the Phoenix Suns to play in the NBA when the NBA expanded its teams, Barnhill did not play further.
In a total of 589 games that Barnhill played in the NBA and the ABA, he averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.0 assists per game and 1.9 rebounds per game, His career best was 11.7 points per game in the 1962-63 season playing with the St Louis Hawks in the NBA.