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Harrison Barnes is displaying a veteran demeanor in postseason

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05:53 PM ET 05.01 | Before the 2012 NBA Draft, some NBA analysts thought that Harrison Barnes would be a better pro player than he was a college player at the University of North Carolina. They believed that he wasn't able to showcase his true talents in North Carolina's system, so in the NBA, he could play in a system that better suited his talents. Barnes played alongside three other lottery picks at UNC, Tyler Zeller, John Henson, and Kendall Marshall, and, because of that, he had to adjust his game. "Not a lot of teams in the country have two skilled 6-10 guys and a great point guard," Barnes said. "I had to work more on my midrange game and two dribble pull-up." Those analysts weren't suggesting that Barnes had a bad college career though. In 75 games at the University of North Carolina, he averaged 16.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game on 43 percent shooting from the field, 34.9 percent shooting from the three, and 73.4 percent free-throw shooting. In college, Barnes was commended for his athleticism, his speed, his size, his strength, and his ability to knock down shots in catch-and-shoot situations. Barnes didn't show too many weaknesses, but some of them included his inability to consistently create his own shot, his lack of consistency in his shooting, and his lack of explosiveness. Barnes has always been a hard worker, and for a rookie, his dedication and veteran-like work ethic have been quite impressive. He has already shown improvement in the areas that were labeled as his weaknesses by NBA Draft analysts.

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May 1, 2013  11:24 PM ET

Kid's got talent. And this playoff experience is only going to make him better. Good for him and the Warriors.

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May 2, 2013  07:02 AM ET

He only plays in one speed. When he controls his tempo, he will be a very good player

May 2, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Next Year Will Be Tougher, Bro.

 
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