LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Anthony Davis are just three of the many superstars to forgo playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Many of them are worried about letting their injuries heal as opposed to the Zika virus, but this leaves Team USA with a deficit of superstars. To help round out the 12-man roster, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that USAB selected Harrison Barnes from Golden State.
During the 2015-16 season, Barnes appeared in 66 games for Golden State and was a huge part of their small ball lineup that dominated much of the regular season. With 11.7 points per game and a three-point percentage of 38%, Barnes was the Warriors fourth option on offense but does have a very well-rounded offensive game. Without getting too hasty, he has a chance to be the league’s next breakout star with all the tools he possessions.
Along with his shot that’s come a long way, he’s a slasher by nature, and can put the ball on the deck at times and is a fantastic leaper who plays well in an uptempo offense.
Recently, however, Barnes caught a lot of heat for failing to show up in the final games of the NBA Finals. The Black Falcon dipped into a slump in Game 5 and never recovered. Over the final three games, Barnes shot 5/32 (15.6 percent) overall and 20 percent from three; this included performances of 2/14 in Game 5 and 0/8 in Game 6.