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Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala competing for two starting spots

Oct 10, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Ever since the Warriors signed Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes has been pegged as Golden State’s sixth man. To his credit, Barnes said he’d be fine with that role.

Barnes had an up-and-down rookie year, but he broke out in the playoffs by averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. That’s the type of performance that is usually rewarded with a larger role, not a lesser one.

Perhaps, we shouldn’t shut the book on him getting that increased role.

Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

Jackson, however, has made it clear that he continues to evaluate his lineup. The only set positions, he said, are Andrew Bogut at center, David Lee at power forward and Stephen Curry at point guard.

Iguodala will very likely start. The Warriors didn’t invest all that money in him just to bring him off the bench. Plus, he very well could spell Curry at point guard. Iguodala could start, be the first starter pulled when Barnes or Thompson enters and then re-enter when Curry sits. That’s a simple way for Iguodala to spend most of his minutes on the wing and play point guard while Curry rests.

I also think Thompson, a shooting guard, will win the other starting wing job – because of Iguodala. Iguodala, 29, was a better small forward than shooting guard last season, and I think that will become more true as he ages. Sure, he can keep up with shooting guards right now, but his speed is more impressive as a small forward.

It sounds like Barnes is getting a chance to win a starting job, and he deserves that after his postseason. He could beat out Thompson and push Iguodala to shooting guard, and it wouldn’t be surprising. I just don’t find it likely.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    All three should be starting with Harrison Barnes at power forward. He really shined in the playoffs as a small 4 after David Lee went down. And news flash: David Lee isn’t a very effective player. He’s a huge liability on defense and his rebounding isn’t very impressive when you consider that his teams rebound better with him on the bench. So I’ve figured out what Golden State should do…

    Trade David Lee for Omer Asik. Asik already seems unhappy with the Dwight Howard signing and the Rockets desperately need a power forward, especially one who’s willing to set a lot of screens for a good P&R player like Harden. The Warriors need some depth at center because Bogut never stays healthy for an entire season… win win!

  2. llfreedman - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Draymont Green all day. He was the well kept secret of that post-season run. Almost as vital as Barnes and Curry honestly.

  3. wjoinfo - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    What a great problem to have if you’re Mark Jackson. I thought the Pelicans had a lot of young talent but the Warriors are scary………………

  4. adamsjohn714 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I think this means that Klay Thompson and Barnes are competing for 1 starting spot. Igoudala should be written down in ink.

  5. anhdazman - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    I think Thompson is in his 3rd year and will be peaking. If he has improved his game both offensively and defensively like last year, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll get the starting nod.

    Barnes already encountered a foot injury this preseason so that doesn’t favor him into the mix, especially when he’s missing valuable time on the court with the starting 5.

    Coach Jackson will play it by ear and if Thompson happens to run cold, Coach wouldn’t have a problem inserting Barnes back into the starting line up to challenge his two young stars.

    Very nice problem to have.

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