The beauty of watching the Golden State Warriors during last season and their performance in the NBA Playoffs, was the chance to witness the development of a young core that will only get better with time and experience.
Seth Curry, Klay Thompson, Kent Bazemore, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green all carved out a niche for themselves in Mark Jackson’s game plan, some bigger than others. And then there is Harrison Barnes, who was no doubt an integral part in the Warriors going 47-35 on the season, beating the Denver Nuggets in the first round and putting up a fight against San Antonio, before falling to the Spurs (4-2) in the second round.
However, Barnes did showcase shortcomings at times during the season despite playing well in stretches during his rookie season. It was to be expected. It was an adjustment period (all 82 games and the postseason) for sure for the small forward coming out of North Carolina.
Perhaps his best play of the season came at a good time, as Bar...