The Golden State Warriors have an elite group of starters who are primed to make another deep play-off run, during the (2013-2014) regular season. These starters consist of the following: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut. Starters do most of the damage on the court production-wise; however, when they are put back on the shelf to rest in between long minutes, who are the key reserve players that can provide the extra offensive push? After the departure of Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, the “Dubs” will have to rely on Harrison Barnes to anchor the scoring punch. After signing a four-year $48 million dollar contract with the Warriors, Andre Igoudala is slated to be a full-time starter, placing Barnes at the reasonable sixth-man position. Unfortunately, the North Carolina product out of Iowa sustained an inconvenient foot injury (inflammation toe/foot) during a preseason game on Oct. 2. Coach Mark Jackson has been playing it safe, keeping Barnes inactive for the time being. It has been weeks since Barnes initial foot injury, the Warrior’s coaching staff still remains uncertain on when he will make that triumphant return.
Coach Mark Jackson said in a report, “We’re taking steps toward him getting on the floor, we’ll see how his body responds and we’ll make a decision moving forward.”
The electrifying (6’8) rookie averages 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 0.6 steals per game. Not to mention his excellent capability of defending all five positions on the court. Moreover, his prodigious post-season performance averaging 16 points and 6 rebounds a game led the Warriors to a surprising second round tilt against the San Antonio Spurs. His key contributions on the offensive end will prove useful, especially now that he’s the “Dub’s” dynamic sixth-man. Tony Douglass, Kent Bazemore, and Nemanja Nedovic are still trying to find their individual stroke on the stat sheet offensive-wise.
If the Warriors’ second-unit struggles to keep up with the scoring pace, this could spell doom for the Western Conference contenders.
Hopefully, the rookie’s injury is diagnosed as a minor strain; we wouldn’t want another case of plantar fasciitis.