The Golden State Warriors’ season came to a disappointing end, complete with a first-round playoff exit and the firing of head coach Mark Jackson. But this 51-win team still had a tremendous season and took a more talented Los Angeles Clippers team to seven games. With the future in a delicate place with a new head coach, we’ll take a look back on the 2013-14 and evaluate how everyone performed. We’ve already taken a look at backup point guard Steve Blake and defensive anchor Andrew Bogut, but today we’ll be examining Harrison Barnes‘ disappointing sophomore campaign.
Against the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs last year, Harrison Barnes looked like the future of Golden State’s offense. Not because he was going to be the best player on the team, but because the Warriors’ small-ball lineups with Harrison Barnes at the four were devastatingly tough to stop. David Lee‘s injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise that unleashed the best basketball of Barnes’ rookie season and made the Dubs more delightful to watch than Trey Burke discovering his tongue.
Expectations were high entering Barnes’ sophomore season. But with the acquisition of Andre Iguodala, he was moved to the bench. Though there were talks of having Lee come off the bench instead, they never materialized. Whether it was a blow to his confidence or that he just couldn’t adapt to coming off the bench, the life of a reserve didn’t look very good on Harrison Barnes. Here’s a breakdown of what went wrong for a young prospect who looked like a future star only a year ago.