There’s no question that when it comes to entertainment, people love an original. Sequels just never seem to be as good as the original, and the “sophomore slump” is a dreaded label that most musicians have trouble avoiding after a breakthrough debut. Harrison Barnes‘s 2013-14 season had sophomore slump written all over it after a solid rookie year.
If Barnes’ first two seasons in the NBA were anything like cinema, his first year would’ve been the enjoyable Men In Black, while his second season was the dismally disappointing Men In Black II. If his sophomore slump had been an album, it would’ve been Boston’s Don’t Look Back, the forgettable followup to their sensational self-titled debut.
We could go on and on, but you get the point. Heading into 2014-15, Harrison Barnes will try to prove that his career won’t turn into The Godfather III or literally anything Linkin Park’s put out since 2007. Dubs fans shouldn’t be expecting a kind of sequel season on par with The Empire Strikes Back in 2014-15, but there are five ways Barnes can improve his game and prove all these “draft bust” talks are way too premature.