A few days ago the National Basketball Association began, and for the Golden State Warriors’ second year man Harrison Barnes the 2013-14 has not been a good one so far. For the small forward the pre-season was a mix of either him not playing or barely getting into games due to a nagging foot injury.
With the franchise having brought in shooting guard Andre Iguodala in the off-season, with a four year, $ 48 million contract, as well as having another wing player in Klay Thompson, it seems that Barnes’ injury will cost him the possibility of making the starting five.
This might have some of the fan base in Golden State, as well as North Carolina fans that follow their former stars at the next level, not enjoy the demotion of the sophomore to working/playing with the second team, it’s not the end all. But make no mistake, this move is not going to stop his climb to an elite level, it might just delay for the time being. And in someway it might be a good thing in the long run.
Some might say that the seventh overall pick might needs to show more than the 9.2 points, 4.1 boards in 25.4 minutes per game that Barnes had in his rookie season. On the other hand, there is no doubt that the potential is all there for number 40 to be an All-Star caliber player. If you have doubts about that just look back at last season’s playoff games that Barnes played in.
When playing in the pro game, the work on the court is key, so much should be said about the player many pointed out could not take over games while at North Carolina, started to ask for more touches at the next level. However, the way one acts off of it shows their maturity as well. So when the “Black Falcon” found out that Iguodala was being brought into the franchise he welcomed it, even knowing that it might be the move that would put him with the second unit.
After a great post season a year ago, going to play with the second team should get the forward having that “killer instinct” that some people have been hoping for on a consistent basis, and saw in the post season. And with the second five that will be playing for the Warriors in 2013-14, with plenty of talent but without a leader as of right now, head coach Mark Jackson will need someone like Barnes to step up and bring in the scoring and the floor general mentality while on the hardwoods.
For some it’s finding the “zone”, and this year the second year man could just be in it by being the Warriors’ sixth man. What the 21 year old now needs is to be secure of himself in that role, and if that is the case, watch out NBA, this should be a fun year to watch Barnes.
Which leads me to believe, that while it is never good to see someone having a chance of being a starter but due to injuries do not get that possibility, this might not be so bad for Harrison Barnes. This is a way for the young forward to show that he can lead an offense. It is time show how his maturity and talent have risen. It is his time!
There will come a point that the Golden State front office will have to make decisions about their talent, since they have a lot more of that than they have money for them all. But until that point Barnes can be a positive factor for a team that needs him as much as he needs it.
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