Golden State Warriors: Should Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson Start?

Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson (Photos: USA TODAY Sports)

The Golden StateWarriors have made some great offseason acquisitions like Andre Iguodala, Toney Douglas, Marreese Speights, and Jermaine O’Neal.

Unfortunately for them, however, they now have to deal with the uncomfortable question: should they start Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson?

This is going to be a hard one.

This is a poll, folks, this is for you to decide.

What I say in this article has no effect on your opinion, but I am, of course, going to justify my opinion.

What do I think about this? Personally, I think that Thompson should be the Warriors’ starting shooting guard for obvious reasons.

First of all, he’s a great shooter and a great defender. He’s one of the most deadly scorers on the team, and has nowhere to go but up from this point.

Barnes only has room for improvement as well; however, he isn’t a great shooter. He isn’t a Splash Brother. He’s not a part of that dynamic duo of Curry and Thompson, who just hit threes from seemingly endless ranges. Those two need to start the game together and play with each other down the stretch.

Second of all, Barnes is a forward. He cannot simply shift to the shooting guard spot. It’s a big adjustment for him. The Warriors don’t usually run off-the-curl plays for their forwards.

For Curry and Thompson, this works because they are both catch-and-shoot shooters who can hit off-balanced shots. The same cannot be said about Barnes, who is at his best when his feet are set.

And finally, Barnes has already said that his goal is the same: he’s focused on winning basketball games. Sure it may hurt him a little bit that a veteran came to take his role, but hey, he’s young and still has a lot to offer the Warriors.

In terms of personal goals, he should be focused on winning the Sixth Man of the Year award. That’s pretty prestigious if you ask me.

Should Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson Start?

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  • Alec Safreno

    Isn’t the fact that Klay is a better player more reason to bring him off the bench as sixth man? Like you said he’s a great shooter and a stellar defender. He’s Brandon Rush with a deadlier shot and a more underdeveloped drive, and damn we were excited last season to what Rush could’ve brought to the bench.

    My biggest argument for bring Klay off the bench is the fact that he needs less help with creating his shot than Harrison. Harrison’s good, very good, but right now he needs to be surrounded by play makers – like the rest of the starting Warriors line up- to really excel. Klay can run around screens, shoot off balance, run the pick and roll, and hell even last year he started showing a bit of a post game that he used against smaller defenders. A bench unit solely built around Klay will thrive.

    Then there’s the line up versatility that comes with bringing Klay off the bench. He can come in for Bogut for a deadly small ball line up that sacrifices defense for pure raw offensive power. Or in for Lee to maintain that defensive center while stacking the wings with shooters. In for HB when Jackson wants more shooting or when he wants to get funky with line up, in for Steph for a massive backcourt that will be sure to create all sorts of match up problems with the defenders.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Well when you really think about it, it’s tough to have Barnes at the two guard. Same goes for Iguodala, he’s either a point guard, or a small forward. He doesn’t really run the floor and stay beyond the wing. I think your argument is completely valid.

      The only thing I would say keeps Barnes from the starting lineup is the the struggle with positioning. Barnes could come off the bench for Bogut and create that same lineup. And also, a 6th man plays starter minutes, and gets time with playmakers. So Barnes will be playing alongside Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala for most of his minutes.

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