Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives in against the New York Knicks during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 92-63. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes Wouldn’t Mind Coming Off the Bench


When the Golden State Warriors inked free agent Andre Iguodala to a multi-year contract this offseason, they knew that he would occupy one of the starting positions held by Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson last season.

Speculation has been that the Warriors would relegate Barnes to a bench role, and start Iguodala at the small forward position.

“I wouldn’t mind,” said Barnes when asked by HoopsHype about possibly being the sixth man. “We’re trying to win games — regardless of who starts, who comes of the bench, or how many minutes I play — dividing 35 minutes for three players isn’t really that hard.”

Those three players — Barnes, Thompson, and Iguodala — will be splitting playing time next season, which gives the Warriors a ton of depth, but could also lead to issues if someone is unhappy with their lack of minutes.

Regardless, Barnes is excited about the moves the Warriors made this offseason.

“I think we made some great adjustments, ” he said. “You definitely have to credit Bob Myers and our ownership group for the pieces that they added and just trying to make sure that everyone blends together.”

Barnes averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 81 games as the Warriors’ starting small forward last season. He really stepped up his game in the postseason, scoring 16.1 points per contest.

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  • Arteen Zahiri

    The Warriors may value Barnes more as a PF, the position he played at UNC. He played PF in the playoffs with Lee hurt and his game evolved.