March 3, 2013
We all have favorite rookies each year, aside from the number one guys. My guy this year is Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.
Maybe it is because I think scouts were a little too rough on him throughout the draft process. Or maybe it is because he reminds me of Sean Elliott and Glen Rice, two of my favorite wings of the 1990's.
Or maybe it is because while he can seem a little rehearsed at times, Barnes is genuinely one of the smartest and most fascinating rookies of this year's crop and probably in recent classes too.
Take this interview he did with Lang Whitaker for GQ Magazine. In it, Barnes discusses the differences between growing up in Iowa and living in the Bay Area (Iowa has awesome steak, Bay Area has awesome sushi), and he also talked about the differences between his play now and his play at North Carolina.
"We have such good shooters on our team -- Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson -- guys who can really fill it up. There's no need f...