May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) takes a shot over San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) in the fourth quarter in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes Ready To Go


 

If you didn’t know who, or what, Harrison Barnes was doing last season, when the playoffs came around all that changed.

Yes, Steph Curry was the one that caught the eyes of the American public — draining three after three — but without Barnes, the Golden State Warriors wouldn’t have accomplished all they did last year.

Just for fun, let’s rewind and take a look back at the time he dunk-faced Nikola Pekovic…

But now, Barnes is likely headed to a sixth man role for the Warriors.

He started all but one game for the Warriors last season (including all 12 playoff games) and averaged 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds IN THE PLAYOFFS. He only averaged nine points per game during the season. Gamer. The addition of Andre Iguodala in the offseason likely changes everything for him, though. Not that it’s a bad thing.

It’s believed that he’ll be coming off the bench, but hasn’t really been acknowledged.

Either starting or coming off the bench, expect Barnes to have an important role on the Warriors next season. Even though he’s been hobbled by a foot inflammation injury this preseason, the team is optimistic that the second-year forward will be ready to go once the season comes around (next week).

[via ESPN]

“I don’t think it’s too much of a concern, right now, of him not playing opening night,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters, according to CSNBayArea.com. “We have some time left.”

Barnes, 21, did not participate in the Warriors’ team practice Monday, but he did practice shooting at the team’s facility.

“We’re taking steps toward him getting on the floor,” Jackson said. “Today, it’s shooting the basketball. We’ll see how his body responds and we’ll make a decision moving forward.”

I would expect Barnes to be ready to go on opening night, but it could change if Jackson decides to play it safe and give his 21-year-old forward a few extra days, just for insurance.

 

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