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

by July 24, 2013

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.”