Joe Barry Carroll is a seven-foot-tall NBA All-Star, wealth advisor, philanthropist, painter and author. Upon retiring from the NBA in 1991, Carroll relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where in 1993 he founded The Carroll Group a wealth advisory company serving high-net-worth families. In 2014 he published "Growing Up . . . In Words and Images", a memoir featuring Carroll’s original paintings paired with narratives about his life. In May 2014 Carroll received the "Champion for Justice Award" from the Atlanta Braves and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Carroll is the tenth of thirteen children. He attended Denver East High School in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Purdue University Krannert School of Management with a degree in economics. Carroll was selected to the NCAA All-American First Team while playing basketball at Purdue and was the No 1 overall pick in the 1980 National Basketball Association Draft, selected by the Golden State Warriors.
Carroll played basketball at Purdue from 1976-1980 and is the only Purdue men’s basketball player to score a triple double, with sixteen points, sixteen rebounds and a school record 11 blocks. He led the Boilermakers to the NIT finals in his junior year, and the Final Four in his senior year when he was named a first team All-American.
During his first season with the Warriors Carroll was selected NBA All-Rookie First Team Center and over the next seven seasons with Golden State he was a member of the NBA All Star Team, Western Conference (1987) and averaged more than twenty points per game. He regularly appeared in NBA playoff games over his eleven-year professional career with the Warriors, Milano (Italy), the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns. Carroll’s NBA totals are 12,455 points, 5,404 rebounds, 1,264 assists and 1,122 blocked shots, which included a career high average of 24 points in the 1983-84 season.
At the age of 26 Carroll established the BroadView Foundation to financially support and participate in organizations and programs that serve lower socio-economic groups and individuals in communities of color. In addition to establishing college scholarships, Carroll and BroadView have funded afterschool programs, elder care, Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Task Force for the Homeless, The Georgia Innocence Project, and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. In 2013 Carroll expanded his support of The Georgia Innocence Project by fully funding the salary for a full-time staff position. He is also a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA).
His long-held deep interest in the arts eventually inspired Carroll to begin painting. Early on he experimented with colorizing old family photographs and quickly graduated to painting and mixing materials—paint, fabric, newspaper and even coffee grounds found around the house, garage and elsewhere on his fifty-acre property.
In February 2014 Joe Barry Carroll Publishing launched its first title, Growing Up . . . In Words and Images, a memoir which uses seventy of Carroll's paintings to reveal the story of how an insecure, bow-legged boy grew to become a seven-foot-tall NBA All Star, philanthropist, wealth advisor, artist and writer.