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Best-Case Player Comparison: Tracy McGrady
Worst-Case Player Comparison: Josh Childress
Barnes was touted as the number one recruit in the nation coming out of high school, and though he was not the best player in the country while at North Carolina, Barnes did prove that he was a great scorer.
His jump shot is extremely polished, and he has plenty of offensive versatility, including the ability to get to the rim and finish as well as post up smaller defenders.
Barnes did have some struggles with handling the ball and seemed to settle for jump shots far too often, but his work ethic off the floor should allow him to progress accordingly in the NBA.
If Barnes can really work on his dribble penetration and creating his own offense, the sky is the limit for the 6'8" forward.
Tracy McGrady was not a great player from the get-go and took significant time to develop while in Toronto and subsequently Orlando, but their styles of play have some similarities. Barnes and McGrady have the same body type and similar pull-up jump shots.
Josh Childress was also highly touted as a fantastic shooter coming out of Stanford and was taken with the sixth pick in the 2004 draft, but never really came into his own as a creative scorer and has spent substantial time on the pine in the NBA.