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With Iguodala in fold, Harrison Barnes says he’s willing to come off bench

Jul 23, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

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Golden State made a good move getting Andre Iguodala — his perimeter defense is needed on that roster and his play in transition will suit what the Warriors do well.

But it left a Harrison Barnes question.

Iguodala will be the starter at the three (with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut), so where does Barnes fit in?

He would be happy to be the sixth man, he told the Sporting News during the Team USA mini-camp in Las Vegas this week.

“My role will remain the same—do whatever it takes to win,” Barnes told Sporting News on Monday. “Whether 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.”

BGolden State has some depth to go with that impressive starting five. There is Barnes, who had an impressive rookie year and should take a step forward. Draymond Green was in summer league and dropped a dozen pounds, and it showed with more energy in his game. Kent Bazemore could well have been the Summer League MVP with his performances and he could get some of Jarrett Jack’s minutes. There also is Marreese Speights and Toney Douglas

But Barnes could be Sixth Man of the Year good if he is really settled and dedicated to bringing energy and scoring off the bench. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds a game and his role grew as the season wore on. He could take another step forward and if he does the Warriors become that much more dangerous.

  1. mrwhiteshadez - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Warriors are gonna be sick next season…if Steph Curry’s ankles don’t fall off, and that’s a BIG if.

  2. dezglobal - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Whether it is starting, coming off the bench. There are plenty of minutes to be divided up among everybody.”

    Thats team basketball.. I wish a lot of other players felt that way.

    • moseskkim - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      U can’t blame players for getting theirs. If Barnes is inconsistent and gets inconsistent minutes, he will eventually be a low level player. If he starts and plays well, he can potentially get paid big. In the end it’s a business and if u could get more money for u and ur family, I think that transcends whatever team goals u have. Some older superstars ok, a young player like Barnes? Not so sure.

      • anhdazman - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Barnes got limited minutes throughout the season. He improved a great deal in the playoffs once Lee went down with an injury. Barnes picked up his game to a star level during that playoff run. Keep in mind this is a rookie that was only 20-21 years old. He’s going to continue to improve.

        If anything, sitting and playing off the bench learning behind a player like Iggy will help his game. I think a lot of NBA teams would love to have a “scenario” like GSW has in Oakland.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Also injuries, Golden State has a couple of injury prone players.

  3. zoomy123 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Wow, that was incredibly classy and professional of Harrison Barnes. “My role will remain the same–do whatever it takes to win.”

    Mark Jackson is molding some great young men.

    • qdog112 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      As if Barnes has any other choice, but the bench. Who thinks Bazemore can replace Jarrett Jack,who at times was the MVP?

  4. rickyspanish - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Golden State is doing it right. Iggy is going to be great for them.

  5. baymac408 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I’m excited and ready for next season!! DUBS UP

  6. sfsugator - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I still think losing jack and landry are bigger losses than people might think, jus sayin

    • anhdazman - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Lets break down your statement. I do agree Jack and Landry were great bench role players for GSW last year. They were veteran experience leaders that lead by example. There’s no doubt they helped the young players take their game to another level.

      Iggy will be basically replacing Jack. Iggy an Olympic Gold medalist and All Star in 2012. Iggy can play PG, SG and SF. Iggy is one if not the best wing defender in the game. Iggy’s game will fit perfectly in Oakland because he can have the ball in his hand, break down a defense and have the option of Thompson or Curry on the outside, Lee or Bogut down low. This offense will be very difficult to stop. So no doubt that Iggy is a big upgrade over Jack.

      GSW will try to replace Landry with Speights and O’Neal. Both Speights and O’Neal can play PF and Center. I believe Landry’s low post scoring will be missed. I don’t feel the two before mentioned players is really an upgrade over Landry. But, with Ezeli out until January, Bogut doesn’t have any Center backup. Speights and O’Neal can now backup the PF and Center position. Lee is the starting PF and I believe management felt Draymon Green can also pick up some PF minutes in his 2nd year. At times, when the match up calls for it, GSW could also go small with Bogut at center, Barnes, Iggy, Thompson and Curry could play small ball. GSW have young talent that will need minutes and that’s probably the reason why they weren’t willing to pay the big money and prevent their young talent from getting more minutes.

  7. Bryce - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Barnes is the kind of player I’d want on a team because he’s showing that he is putting winning above ego. Also he respects a veteran like Iguodala which is cool.

  8. ghelton03 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    O’Neal a great pickup. He will be great coming off the bench behind Bogat. His strengths are Bogat’s weaknesses and visa versa.

  9. htownred34 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    You know he’s that player who is in it for the team and the W ever since he stayed with NC to try and win a championship, great kid to have in the locker room…

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