Oct 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) brings the ball up the court during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 88-71. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Warriors Update: Barnes to Start at Small Forward, Bogut Participates in Full Practice for First Time

With the Golden State Warriors set to tip off on their NBA season in two days, it’s time for an update on the latest happenings in Warrior-land.

Barnes to Start at SF

Warriors’ coach Mark Jackson announced on Monday that rookie Harrison Barnes will be their opening night starter at small forward. Barnes was selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Warriors, who have extremely high expectations for the ex-Tar Heel.

In eight preseason games, Barnes started six of them and averaged 10.4 points with 3.3 rebounds. He beat out veterans Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson for the starting role.

Bogut Participates in Full Practice

A huge step in the right direction for Andrew Bogut, as he participated in an entire practice for the first time on Monday.

Bogut has been sidelined with an ankle injury ever since he was traded to the Warriors this March. He will play a pivotal role in the outcome of the Warriors’ 2012-2013 season, and  healing his ankle will the first challenge for him.

The Warriors are hopeful that he will be able to start on Wednesday night against the Suns in the season opener, but no announcement has been made yet.

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