Jul 22, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT
Barnes, a hyped recruit who left North Carolina after two seasons, was the No. 7 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He’s had some impressive moments with the Warriors, but he’s mostly failed to live up to his elite billing.
Green spent four seasons developing at Michigan State and went to Golden State in the second round of the same draft. He has greatly exceeded, admittedly lower, expectations.
In the NBA, Green has honestly played better than Barnes, even if he doesn’t get the recognition. But Barnes still get credit for having a higher perceived ceiling.
Role factors, too. Green hasn’t been asked to do too much. Maybe Barnes has.
There are a lot of considerations, and I’ve often wondered which of two the Warriors – and other teams around the league – value more.
This won’t do much to separate them.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Golden State joins the Magic (Oladipo and Harris) as the only NBA teams with multiple known select teamers, and both Warriors are reserves. This is an excellent way to develop a bench.
In the process, maybe Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo will develop an opinion on the Barnes-Green debate.
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