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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 11:40 am  |  32 responses

Harrison Barnes Willing to Come Off the Bench Because of Andre Iguodala


The Golden State Warriors started explosive rookie forward Harrison Barnes in 81 regular season games, and all 12 Playoff bouts. Next season, things will likely change now that Andre Iguodala is a Warrior. Barnes says that he has no issue coming off the bench. Per the Sporting News: “My role will remain the same—do whatever it takes to win,’ Barnes said. ‘hether it is starting, coming off the bench. There are plenty of minutes to be divided up among everybody. I just have to make sure I am ready.’ What is more important, Barnes said, is that the Warriors did not rest on their laurels following last year’s breakout 47-35 season that saw them reach the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, where they lost to the eventual conference-champion San Antonio Spurs in six games. [...] Even if the comes off the bench, Barnes probably will up his production now that he is more comfortable in the league. He was solid in the regular season (9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds) but excelled in the postseason, averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds as the Warriors adjusted to an injury to (David) Lee. With the new additions, the Warriors could land near the top of the West. ‘It’s great,’ Barnes said. ‘It shows our ownership’s commitment to wanting to be great, the fact that they’re going out and still pursuing players, not being complacent at all, even with the season that we had. I am looking forward to it.’ As for his starting job, it is possible that the Warriors will keep him at small forward and start Iguodala at shooting guard, with Thompson going to the bench. But Barnes said he is not itching for answers from the Warriors brass, not seeking assurances that he will remain in the starting five. ‘No need for that,’ he said, smiling.”

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  • RR

    I’m not surprised.. Won’t be surprised if he win the 6th man of the year..

  • TR

    I’d hate to see him lose minutes after how well he played in the playoffs, but hes only 21 so a season or 2 coming off the bench won’t hurt him at all, especially behind a vet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    HE’S NOT LOSING MINUTES.
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    Harrison Barnes is now the lead back-up for
    - Klay Thompson
    - Andre Iguodala
    - David Lee
    .
    He will get MORE minutes.

  • LakeShow

    Really like his game. He can play D too. Something I was unsure of before he entered the big league. This squad is going to be too much fun. They have defense and offense. It’s going to be hard not to root for them a little bit throughout the season.

  • ChosenOne

    They will miss Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.

  • Fat Lever

    Sounds like a great teammate. With the influx of small ball, why can’t he play the four for chunks of time?

  • spit hot fiyah

    He Will as soon as Lee Goes to the bench with speights at thé 5. They have a lot of versatility

  • Fat Lever

    I’m not as high on Speights as you are. I saw him here in Philly for 2 years or so. He’s a big man who’s a shot jacker and plays no defense. If Bogut can have somewhat of a semblance of a back to the basket game, it would open up lanes for DreDala or HB to drive, or shots for Klay and Steph.

  • BugEyes

    Draymond green will be the one losing minutes

  • BugEyes

    Idk they have speights, he has a nice game, not as tuff as Carl, and bazemore is a tricky left hander who will surprise people. can’t wait for them to play

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well he’ll still play more than he prolly should lol

  • bike

    Barnes was the biggest rookie surprise to me last season. After watching him at UNC, I figured he would become a spot up shooting role player at best.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m not that high on him. i just like the fact that he can shoot the the ball pretty well. my point was that he could be the first big of the bench and by default he will play the 5 if barnes is at the 4. i would take carl landry over him any day

  • Kasey

    He will be fine no matter if he is a starter or coming off the bench, because he’s a great player. I noticed that when Andre got signed there were a lot of worried fans saying that this signing would hurt Barnes’ game. If anything, this will make him better. I also think that Andre will help him a lot.

  • Sam Jonas

    He’s plenty athletic, he’s plenty skilled, high hoop
    IQ, and team first guy. He’s very admirable in this sense. Now I HOPE he starts now! Get them other guys to come off bench! Aside from that I think he will be versatile for warriors playing both offense and especially defense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he shot out of his mind in the playoffs. That was not indicative of his long term skills and abilities. in the regular season, dude shot 32% from the field, and 29% from 3. He’s not actually spreading the court, he just shot well in a 12 game stretch playing 18 minutes a game.

  • BugEyes

    He is a rookie its hard to be consistent when your minutes are so varied, scoring isn’t the only thing, they don’t need him to score they have enoigh of that, they need his tuffness and rebounding, and his efficientcy rating was like plus 10 for the season. he inspires his teammates, not the most talented but outworks everyone in practice

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    his efficiency rating on the seasn?

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    he had a net rating of -7.6 dude

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    his Player Efficiency Rating was 7.1 (average is 15.0).

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    Even in the playoffs he was a bad player statistically. He just was better than anyone expected him to be.

  • BugEyes

    Nba.com said it was +9 for the season. I’m not saying he is Harrison Barnes I’m just saying he is a decent role player. he had a great summer league warriors won the summer league title and he outplayed everyone he went up against

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what was a +9? you mean his efficiency rating was a 9? that’s not good man. average is still 15 for that stat. anything below 15 is bad. anyway,
    .
    Draymond Green Regular Season 2012-13:

    0.4 net rating per NBA.com
    -1.0 +/- rating

    .

    He was a bad NBA player no matter when/where/what you look at. Even in the playoffs he was a

    +5.3 net rating

    -0.1 +/- rating

  • Datkid

    I was worried about him too for a while. especially after he shrank against Kansas. But then again, he could never really create his own shot in college for no good reason.

  • Datkid

    I was just thinking this. a lineup of Curry,Klay,Iggy, Barnes and Bogut has an EXCELLENT mix of shooting defense and elite high-flying athleticism.

  • The Seed

    Barnes should be starting, AI is not the same AI from his 76ers days.

  • Junior Taylor

    I am with NBK on this one. You know someone is bad offensively when they struggle in Summer League like Green was

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    I’d hate to see him lose minutes
    after how well he played in the playoffs, but hes only 21 so a season or
    2 coming off the bench won’t hurt him at all, especially behind a vet.

  • BugEyes

    he is a great teammate with mad heart, even veterans on the team listen to him which is rare. he had a great summer league they were undefeated, he is a winner and if he was trash mark Jackson wouldn’t of put him in late in critical situations in the playoffs, I never said he was a great offensive player I said he is capable of stretching the floor sparking his team and being a decent role player

  • no excusez

    charlotte hornets wait wait wait

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Warriors are going places… just drop all that goody two-shoes god sh*t.

    Oh yeah, Jackson has gotta go…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Bigger than Lillard? Or were u expecting that??

  • Interdico Scriptor

    No, but his defence is what the Warriors sorely need. With a healthy Bogut this team is capable of great things defensively.

  • Basketball Coach

    This. and the fact that they’re so young and athletic, it’s not going to be easy for the teams who plays with these guys throughout the season.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • Ehbert Talice

    Everybody wants to talk about the defense improving but does anyone not realize that Barnes was there best Defender last year? Guys like Barnes, Lebron, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Chandler Parsons are some of the best defenders in the NBA because of their versatility. They can guard the 1, 2, 3, and sometimes even the 4 spot. Iguodala is a great defender at the SG spot but he has problems with some of the elite SF’s in the NBA.

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