Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/14/14

When it was all said and done North Carolina had four players go in the first round of last night’s NBA Draft. That was no surprise. However what was much of a surprise was how they went, and I will begin with the first one picked… Harrison Barnes, who did not surprise anyone by being the first of the quartet taken, but might have surprised some how he fell. The sophomore small forward, who I had going either fourth (to Cleveland) or fifth (to Sacramento), while some had him slated to be the second overall pick, “fell” a bit below my expectations, ending up at Golden State (23-43 ~ 4th in the WC Pacific ~ 13th overall in the Western Conference), who had the seventh pick. And while this might be a tough shot to take for the player that was a pre-season All-American before he ever stepped on the hardwoods of the Dean Dome, it could also be looked at as the steal of the Top 10 picks.

As I said in my pre-draft post about Barnes is that what the Carolina fan base saw of him in two years is not the finished product. Meaning that the potential to be the best player not named Anthony Davis in the 2012 draft is there. And with the exception of the pick from the Cavs, who took Dion Waiters from Syracuse, all the players taken ahead of the 6’8″ forward can not really be argued. As the old saying goes “it is what it is”, and looking at it right now for Harrison Barnes I think it is a good fit with the team that drafted him.

Having looked around, RotoWorld has an article that says the Warriors are actively pursuing unloading their starting small forward, which could definitely open up the door for Barnes to step into his role while still not needing to the the options on the squad. Again, a win-win for both parties involved.

The Warriors are “really trying to move Dorell Wright” reports Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News.

Kawakami’s source indicated the Warriors want to unload Wright “whenever they can,” so it might not mean much if he’s still in town after the draft. Jettisoning Wright seems like a critical part of Golden State’s well-known desire to upgrade at SF. For all his struggles under a new coach last year, it’s hard to dismiss Wright’s career-high averages in 2010-11 — 16.4 points, 37.6 percent from downtown, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks.

Overall I am very excited for Harrison Barnes to get going with his next basketball chapter. I am definitely looking forward to seeing him playing along side the likes of Stephen Curry and David Lee, who both were hurt last season. On a team that was 20 games below .500, missed the playoffs by 13 games, someone like Barnes can surely come in and give a jolt right from the start. Being able to do so and not be the top option for his team is going to make him even more dangerous to the opposition, and that is when I believe we will see the true talent shine for a young man who has all the skills needed to succeed at the next level.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Family searching for missing Ohio State football player

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Manny Pacquiao responds to Floyd Mayweather diss

Australian cricket player dies from head injuries

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Things to be thankful for in the NBA this season

Eric Berry sends out Thanksgiving message

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks about Eminem referencing her

WATCH: Dwayne Harris dirty hit on Nolan Carroll sparks fight

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks Eminem

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.