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What is underappreciated? Potential.
Coming out of high school, Harrison Barnes was touted as a potential franchise player. Three years later, a lot of people seem to have forgotten his potential for greatness.
Barnes' NBA draft stock took a hit after two really good, but not quite spectacular, seasons at North Carolina. People expected utter domination. When they got systemized excellence instead (because almost every college player is bound by the system in which he plays), the hype went elsewhere.
The Warriors still made him a top-10 pick in 2012, but in his first regular season in the NBA, he once again fell just short of lofty expectations. This time, he was good, not great, averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 25 minutes a game.
Then came the playoffs, when Barnes broke out to the tune of 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a game, while hitting 37 percent of his three-point attempts. Against the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, he had back-to-back games of 26 and 25 points.
The Warriors, of course, lost to the Spurs, but no one could deny the brightness of their future Barnes' potential ascension to star status.
Then the organization acquired Iguodala.
I can't blame them for going after and eventually snagging one of the most versatile players in the league. Iguodala is possibly the best perimeter defender in the league, and his playmaking ability will create even more shots for Stephen Curry.
What I don't understand is everyone automatically relegating Barnes to a sixth-man role immediately following the big move.
To me, the most enticing combination of wings for Golden State is not Klay Thompson at shooting guard and Iguodala at small forward. It is a slightly bigger, and significantly more versatile, combination of Iguodala at shooting guard and Barnes at small forward.