Harrison Barnes made Golden State look really smart during the playoffs and made a few NBA general managers bang their heads against a wall.
Barnes was a really good college player, but he underwhelmed because the expectations were for him to be a superstar at North Carolina. He was a preseason All-American as a freshman, yet he never really dominated the college game. You felt like he should be better, but the college setup wasn't ideal for him.
In a more spread-out game in the NBA, Barnes is thriving. Golden State got a guy who could end up an All-Star with the seventh pick in what at this point is looking like a relatively weak draft.
Sometimes players end up better suited for the NBA than the college game. Sometimes it can come down to having one elite skill that NBA coaches figure out how to utilize.
Looking up and down the draft board this year, these are 10 players who fit a particular role in the NBA. In five years, I'll probably look back on this list and wish it was easier to erase things on the Internet. (Cut to David Kahn nodding.)
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