Golden State Warriors Need Harrison Barnes to Fill Andrew Bogut’s Void

December 4th, 2012 by Andy Liu Leave a reply »
The Golden State Warriors have surged to a 10-7 record despite Andrew Bogut's injured ankle, but in order to maintain their success, rookie Harrison Barnes will have to step up both offensively and defensively.  

It sounds a bit far-fetched because Barnes plays small forward and Bogut plays center. Barnes usually guards the best wing player on the other team, and Bogut would be busy taking care of David Lee's missed rotations. 

However, the Warriors will need Barnes to compensate in other areas, because there isn't another player on the roster who brings what Bogut provides—unless Festus Ezeli suddenly grows a pair of soft hands, post moves and a learned understanding of defense.

That's probably unlikely. 


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Coach Mark Jackson hasn't yet taken the reins off Barnes in the early going, but whenever he does, Barnes may explode. Granted, he has been rather inconsistent with his shot and aggressiveness, as he seems to drift through some games without making things happen on a play-by-play basis.

Then he goes up and does one of these and you remember his vast ...

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