Little Digger wrote:michaelm wrote:cpower wrote:Barnes is a better player. 1 he can defend mutiple positions 2 he can shoot threes (failed in 2016 but still way better %)
Barnes lost GSW a title, followed by being a hard trier but basically an overpaid journeyman elsewhere. I don’t believe Wiggins can be worse than Barnes was in the 2016 play-offs, and don’t consider it entirely unreasonable to hope with others that he can be better in one of the best cultures in the NBA as opposed to one of the worst. We shall see, not all that long to wait now.
Without Barnes, the warriors don’t win their first title in 40 years..He came through on the biggest stage..I’ll even bet you’ve forgotten all his clutch moments in 2015..But Yes he slumped at exactly the wrong time in 2016..
As I said in a later post, I was a Barnes partisan for most of 2016, and don't forget 2015 at all, the small ball death squad etc. It is my opinion he was not the same after the syndesmosis injury, and I also wonder whether he was frozen out (particularly by Draymond) after refusing the early season contract offer, and consider both may have contributed to his poor post season form. His detractors with whom I disagreed for most of his GSW tenure were pretty much proven correct however by his subsequent career imo in regard to his limitations, particularly offensively and especially his shooting, and he simply has not proven to be an elite player in the SF position as far as I can see, having not been the best SF at GSW when he was there for that matter.
Pretty good small ball PF though, as the small ball death squad demonstrated for quite some time. I haven't followed him much lately after doing so early in his post GSW career, but wonder if he could still possibly be quite valuable in that position maybe as a 6th man for the salary he might command now. He seems to have been pigeonholed as a journeyman SF from what little I know of him more recently however.