Though Cleveland is undoubtedly disappointed after coming away with the fourth overall pick, Harrison Barnes still looks like a nice addition to an improving roster that could use some help at the three spot. Barnes is a born scorer with an incredibly smooth jump shot who should still be able to fill it up at the NBA level. Although I don't think he'll necessarily be an All-Star in the future, Barnes should certainly be a starting caliber player for the Cavs.
Barnes, like Sullinger and Jones, did not show much growth in his second collegiate season and that resulted in a hit to his draft stock. Still, Barnes averaged 17.4 points per game while showing off a lethal jumper and connecting on 35.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He plays the game effortlessly, never seeming too rushed on the court, and always seemed to get to where he needed to go. The Cavaliers need a player besides Kyrie Irving to generate offense, and Barnes could very well be that second option for Cleveland.
A good athlete, Barnes can also run the floor well and finish in transition. Cleveland is trying to build its identity as a young, speedy team and adding someone like Barnes would help to cultivate that sort of offensive persona. He has the strength to finish at the rim and always seems to make the right decision on the break.
The only problem with the 6'8" Barnes is whether he can impact the game in ways other than scoring. He averaged 5.2 rebounds per game, but he was not as aggressive on the glass as someone with his size and length should usually be. He must add some muscle and be willing to play more aggressively on the block and in the paint in order to be more than just a scorer for the Cavaliers. He has a solid handle, but too often would force the issue and not defer to his teammates.
I don't foresee Barnes as an All-Star player in the future, though he could maybe sneak into a game if he has a very efficient shooting season. Still, I feel that Barnes would be a solid addition for Cleveland at the small forward position. The team needs someone who can consistently generate offense, which Barnes will be able to do when called upon, and anything else they can get from the former Tar Heel would be a bonus.