Harrison Barnes showed great potential and a few flaws in Vegas. The Warriors' No. 7 pick has more talent than he knows what to do with, which is a blessing and a curse at this juncture.
There's no question he played better with Klay Thompson around to share the scoring load. In those games, Barnes enjoyed plenty of open looks—and he took advantage, nailing all six of his three-point attempts against the LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets.
Barnes displayed a polished game, solid athleticism and pretty decent shot selection—a point of criticism he's dealt with since his days at North Carolina.
Once Thompson was out of the lineup, though, Barnes' shortcomings were more exposed. In the final three games of the Summer League, Barnes was the Warriors' primary offensive option. With increased defensive focus on him, Barnes struggled to limit his bad shots. He fell into a pattern of taking the ball to trouble and forcing up contested jumpers from the wings and elbows.
However, despite that persistent problem, Barnes showed that he's exceptionally confident and comfortable in an alpha dog role.
He even got a little grittier as the games wore on. In the Warriors' final two games, Barnes did a better job of penetrating deeper into the defense and drawing contact at the rim. He shot 11 free throws in those two games.
Barnes absolutely has the athletic ability to become a complete offensive player. He already has an NBA stroke and his off-the-dribble skills will develop with a little work. He's also got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, which is always good.
Defensively, he's bought into the Warriors' purported culture change as much as anyone. He's got the size and quickness to become an above-average defensive presence on the wing.
Overall, his game has a few warts, but the potential is undeniable. Barnes has an All-Star ceiling—but it'll only be reachable if Barnes addresses some of the issues we saw in Vegas.
Final Grade: B