Harrison Barnes certainly did his best to establish himself as a viable option for Team USA in the intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday.
His highlight dunk over a defenseless Ryan Anderson was certainly a highlight that had fans buzzing.
With Barnes' Team White down 10 points to Team Blue, Barnes got the ball on the wing, where the Pelicans forward did his best to stop Barnes from getting to the rim. It didn't end well...Barnes used his quickness to get to the rim and finished with authority as Anderson helplessly did his best to get in the way.
It was just one excellent moment in a great game for the budding Golden State Warriors star. Barnes ended the scrimmage with the 18 points, three rebounds and three steals in just 13 minutes of action. Only center Anthony Davis scored more points with 22 for Team White.
While you never want to make too much out of one scrimmage, the strong performance from Barnes has to be encouraging, especially with Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reporting Wednesday that LeBron James may be putting his international playing career to an end.
Barnes put in a solid rookie season for the Warriors last season. The young, 6'8" forward averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 81 regular-season games before really stepping up in the playoffs with 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
The highlight dunk and posterization of Ryan Anderson was simply the exclamation point in an exceptional showing by the 21-year-old foward, and the future is looking bright for Barnes' hopes of starting an international career on the highest level.