Re: Harrison Barnes making a case ... should be picked top 5?
Last night kind of disrupted the roll Barnes had been on because he picked-up four fouls in six minutes in the first half (I have no f***ing clue how that happens) but he's looked pretty impressive the last couple of weeks.
Not only has he started scoring (and scoring efficiently), he's started rebounding. And to the two dipshits who said Barnes has "no iso game whatsoever" and "he can't create off the dribble, he's just a black Shane Battier"...wrong.
He's starting to get his points in a variety of ways: spot-up threes, dribble-drives, pull-up jumpers, and posting up. His handle can still be shaky at times, but as someone who watched all but a handful of his games at UNC, and all of or at least bits and pieces of 8 or 9 Warriors games this year, his handle is much improved so far. It's apparent he spent a lot of time working on that part of his game in the off-season.
He won't put up the numbers to contend for ROY; not playing with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. Thompson is averaging 15.3 FGA/game and Curry 14.8 FGA/game (albeit at pretty inefficient rates thus far), David Lee is averaging 14.9 FGA/game, so shots are going to be hard to come by for Barnes since he plays most of his minutes with those three on the floor. However, over his last nine games, Barnes is averaging 12.2 PPG and 5.9 RPG; and he's had games of 19 points and 13 rebounds, 18 points and 9 rebounds, and 20 points and 12 rebounds.