Watching Jon Barry closely has made it clear that he has some go-to awful broadcasting moves which you can't possibly ignore. He is like Lebron. He can pretty much do it all when it comes to bad analysis, and keeps it as annoying as the dudes eating the bowls of KFC. For further explanation of these items, check out The Patterns Emerge. For video proof of these transgressions (and oh so much more), check our comprehensive Broadcast Breakdowns. You will be able to definitively answer the "Why do you think Jon Barry is so bad" or "What do you have against Jon Barry" questions. Knowledge is power.
Jon Barry will talk about depth in the playoffs, and how important it is, at any given point during a game. If someone starts talkin' playoffs, or talkin' bench, JB will jump right in and talk about how crucial depth is.
Jon Barry will talk confusingly, and at length, about defending the pick and roll. He consistently misdiagnoses whether something is a pick and roll or just a screen or pick and pop. After listening closely to his broadcasts for this site, it's not clear to me what he thinks is supposed to happen on defense in these situations, other than the defense shouldn't let the offense score.
Jon Barry seems to constantly be a prick to whomever is the play-by-play guy calling the game with him. It happens over and over. Mike Tirico seems like he can barely stand him. Dave Pasch is like Dorothy Mantooth in that he never seems to let the JB jerkiness faze him. That's a pro.
Jon Barry doesn't just mispronounce the names of the players who just got called up from the D-League after playing overseas for the past three years. He can't say Goran Dragic's name correctly. Goran Dragic is a fantastic player, and has been lighting up the league.
The mispronunciation is a key indicator here. Also, Jon Barry is always surprised by players who are not superstars, and appears to know only the bare minimum about 95% of the guys who play in the NBA. Another key indicator here is the phrase "Lots of people don't know about this guy." That is a tell that Jon Barry doesn't know about that guy.
Jon Barry will evade direct questions regarding the NBA from his play-by-play guys. He will give half answers which take no stance, much like a politician. Ex: Play-by-play Guy: "So what do you think, who is the favorite in the West this year?" JB: "Well, I think you have a number of teams that can win."
Jon Barry appears to hate the game of basketball. He can't muster enthusiasm for it naturally, so he has to fake it. This is most evident when he is taking the audience out to the commercial break. His voice rises, and he will say words about basketball, but it's pretty clear he doesn't care.
Jon Barry has not caught up to the thinking that an uncontested three pointer, regardless of whether it comes on the fast break or early on in the shot clock, out of a top shooter is an optimal chance to score. He will gripe about the player passing up an "open layup" for the three ball. Even if it's Steph Curry who is shooting the ball. If the player hits the three, he is silent.
Jon Barry consistently uses analytics to help illuminate his points - errr wait. Kidding. JB clearly thinks analytics are useless, or would perhaps require work to understand and apply to the game and his broadcasts. If he takes a stance on something, it is usually incorrect based on the math. It's almost uncanny. He is like the Costanza of analytics - just doing the opposite.