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Warriors’ Steve Kerr: Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala in the mix for starting job

LAS VEGAS — Warriors forward Harrison Barnes struggled last season to adjust to a bench role following the signing of Andre Iguodala, and he doesn’t deny that the whole situation bothered him.

“I got caught up in that last year,” Barnes said Wednesday after voluntarily practicing with the Warriors’ summer league team even though he isn’t on the roster. “I’m not really worried about that this year.”

New Warriors coach Steve Kerr appears to be wiping the slate clean, saying that the 22-year-old Barnes “absolutely” has a chance to earn a starting job in training camp after getting in the lineup in only 24 games last season.

“Andre was the starter last year, and he very well may be this year,” Kerr said of Iguodala, who made the NBA All-Defensive first team while his numbers on offense were down. “It all depends on combinations and who’s coming off the bench. I would say Andre is more of a ball-handler and a playmaker than Harrison. Harrison’s probably a little more of a scoring-minded player, so you have to factor all those things in when you decide who’s going to start and who’s going to come off the bench.”

Kerr noted that Barnes was at his best as a rookie playing power forward before the role changed. The shooting percentage subsequently fell.

“I think the biggest difference with Harrison from Year 1 to Year 2 with Harrison was that he was not starting and not playing with Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) and (Andrew) Bogut,” Kerr said. “He kind of anchored the second unit last year, so I think there was more on his plate offensively.

“It was a necessary (adjustment) because of Andre’s arrival. It changed the chessboard for Harrison, and it was hard. It was hard for him, and we’ve talked about it. He had to take a lot of tough shots. The game’s a lot easier when you play with your starters.”

Diamond Leung

  • Twinkie defense

    “Kerr noted that Barnes was at his best as a rookie playing power forward before the role changed.” – yes, thank you!

  • Twinkie defense

    “Kerr noted that Barnes was at his best as a rookie playing power forward before the role changed.” – yes, thank you!

  • Stan

    You know what I think? I think we should sign Kevin Love,his uncle former Bull great Stan Love to assistant coach and his cousin Bob Love of the Beach Boys to sing those peppy BB songs at Warrior games. Be all Love all the time.

  • sunshipballoons

    Right. This is the problem with Harrison. On offense, he’s a 6’8″ PF. On defense, he doesn’t have a position. If he could accept it, he’d be an excellent scoring PF off the bench a la Landry. But he’ll never accept the bench or that he lacks the quickness and handles to play the 3.

  • thewarriorsrule

    yes!

  • J Haskins

    People in hell want ice water. HB may want to start, but last season he wasn’t good enough. Harrison took tough shots? Please, how quickly we forget. Watch ANY Warrior game from last season, then count ALL of the open shots HB had, not to mention all of the favorable post ups MJ put him in against 6’3 dudes. Barnes had numerous opportunities, open shots etc, and bricked like a Mason. Should have traded him when they had the chance. #realtalk

  • thewarriorsrule

    yes he did take tough shots with the 2nd unit. even if he had a few open shots here and there, he’s completely in a funk and out of his groove. yes, he also had postups as well, but those iso’s were a disaster and that’s why jackson is gone. the problem with iso’s is that it’s a one up shot and done if they miss. it’s very hard to grab an offensive rebound and keep the possession alive. kerr is going to instill a system with more spacing and ball movement, taking advantage of the talent we have on this roster. the offense significantly underachieved last season. you need to remember barnes was the best player of the nation coming out of high school and he did very well in the playoffs last season. with the right coach in kerr and all the quotes diamond posted above, i am extremely confident barnes will be back on track and i hope the warriors don’t give up on him so easily and trade him. it will make my cry if he turns into a star elsewhere, bringing back old warrior nightmares.

  • J Haskins

    Barnes ain’t sh%#

  • thewarriorsrule

    great post diamond, absolutely agree, and soo glad we have a smart coach in kerr recognizing everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. i never liked jackson from day 1 to when he wouldn’t give more minutes to ezeli last year, to this terrible sub patterns with lee and landry closing games, to all his big talk. so glad he’s gone. if we keep the same roster next year, everyone will see what a big difference coaching makes, and how bad jackson was.

  • Eric Shapiro

    Was such a small sample size of Barnes playing pf he is a small forward who just needs some other scoters to set the table

  • Lol

    Harrison barnes is a complete mystery, should he start or not, is a pf or sf, should he be traded. If you ask me see start him and see what he does next year and go from there. If we trade for love same thing but if he sucks trade him.m

  • Legionurmaster

    um you meant Mike Love, i am guessing ….

  • jsl165

    Analytical. Well-researched. Convincing on every level.

  • J Haskins

    Research from watching EVERY game last season is in my first post up top. Thanx for the compliment tho.

  • jsl165

    Not very closely, I’d wager.

    And you neither take Jax’s horrid misuse of Barnes nor Barnes’s excellence at the stretch four (the last playoffs) into consideration. Which verges on the silly.

    Glad you appreciate the humor, tho.

  • J Haskins

    Extremely close. And stop livin on Barnes performance in the playoffs two years ago. Why? Because Barnes is what is known as a flash player. He will NEVER give you consistent numbers like an all star would, but he will flash some freak ability from time to time. Hence his playoff performance from two seasons ago that you can’t let go of. Promise you the Warriors will wish they traded him when they had the chance. So will you

  • Stan

    Yep.
    I think Stan is also Kevin’s dad. Bob Love was a good player for the Bulls..except he was African American and not family! But,hey!,if he can help..More Love is always better then less Love. I say.

  • J Haskins

    Very closely. Barnes is just a flash player. What? Meaning an inconsistent player who will flash ability from time to time. In other words, what you saw in the playoffs two years ago, will only happen every now and then. The Warriors should have traded him when they had the chance. Promise you his value will only go down

  • Anthony Sims

    big talk? you mad bro? They won 51 games

  • Anthony Sims

    What about Pep Love the rapper outa heiro crew?

  • jsl165

    Just watch Barnes perform unde Kerr. Get some popcorn; have some fun.

  • thewarriorsrule

    Guy was an ego maniac. They coulda won more than 51 games with Kerr and gotten farther in the playoffs. Remember when they scared the spurs in round 2 and acquired Iggy after that? They were supposed to be far improved, not 6th seed again. Moreover if u watched each game, his sub patterns, timeout usage, inconsistencies, and game plan were terrible.

  • thecity2

    This makes no sense. Barnes was best as PF, so he should start over the incumbent SF?

    Or is Kerr saying he should start over both Draymond and Lee at PF? Again, non-sensical.

  • coltraning

    I do remember when they scared the Spurs in round 2…who was that coach again when they did that?

  • thewarriorsrule

    yea and he blew game 1 vs the spurs