Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes
39-Year-Old ForwardF
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Warriors in March of 2017.
Wraps up 14-year career
FFree Agent
December 12, 2017
Barnes announced his retirement from professional basketball Monday on his personal Instagram account.
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A second-round pick out of UCLA in 2002, Barnes toiled in the ABA in his first two years as a professional before making his NBA debut in 2004. He would parlay his outside shooting ability and excellent wing defense into a 14-year career in the league, which included two stints apiece with the Clippers, Kings and Warriors and additional stops with the Knicks, 76ers, Suns, Magic, Lakers and Grizzlies. It wasn't until his final season in 2016-17 with Golden State that he captured his first NBA title, as he appeared in 12 postseason contests as a lightly used reserve. He wraps up his career with averages 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 23.6 minutes per game over 929 regular-season appearances.
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Barnes' 2015-16 campaign got off to a rough start before any actual games were played, as he made headlines for all the wrong reasons in October when he was involved in a physical altercation with then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher at the home of his estranged wife. He ultimately served a two-game suspension, but was otherwise one of only a few players on an injury-plagued Grizzlies roster to avoid a significant absence. With so many key players missing, Barnes was often forced to take on more of a lead role as a scorer, which was reflected in his career-high 9.1 shot attempts per game. Unfortunately, Barnes' lack of skills as a creator led to many of those shots being contested, and he finished with a career-low 38.1 field goal percentage as a consequence. While he was a major liability in that category, Barnes did average 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks in 28.8 minutes per game, making him solid filler on most rosters over the course of the season. Barnes will settle back into a more natural supporting role after landing in his hometown of Sacramento this offseason on a two-year contract. He'll likely serve as the primary backup to Rudy Gay to begin the season, but Barnes could slide into a starting role before long with Gay already announcing his desire to get traded. Even if Gay sticks around past the deadline, Barnes still figures to see plenty of run off the bench, where his ability to guard multiple positions and knock down open three-pointers figures to play well.
Barnes averaged 10.1 points 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 30 minutes per game during 76 regular season games for the Clippers in 2014-15. As the full-time starter at small forward, Barnes relished in the most prominent role he has held during his 12-year NBA career, shooting 44 percent from the field, 36 percent from downtown, and 78 percent from the free-throw line. However, his percentages dropped substantially in the playoffs, and he was subsequently flipped twice in trades this summer. The Grizzlies' identity as a gritty, hard-nosed group bodes well for Barnes' fit, but ultimately, he is going to have much more competition for minutes in 2015-16. Besides Barnes, the 2014-15 Clippers didn't have a player capable of sniffing bigger wings defensively, but the Grizzlies are far from lacking in that department thanks to Tony Allen and Jeff Green.
Barnes should enter the season as the Clippers' starter at small forward, but it's unclear if the team would like to end the season that way after they chased potential replacements this offseason. It's hard to project his value throughout the year knowing that coach Doc Rivers was exploring possibilities to replace Barnes. Initially, Barnes should provide modest scoring, decent rebounds for his position, and three-pointers. If he moves back into a bench role, his value would diminish greatly, and you could probably find a safer, more productive option than Barnes on draft day. In deeper leagues, Barnes could be of use, but in most standard leagues, the question marks surrounding his role make him a risky pick.
Barnes is on this list because of his defense and his three-point shooting. He made 1.4 threes per game last season on 34 percent shooting from downtown, which were both just shy of career bests. At 33 years old, it's impressive that Barnes is still thought of as a hustle guy, but it's a reputation he's earned. He averaged one steal and 0.8 blocks in 26 minutes per game, while also scoring a career-high 10.3 points per contest. Unfortunately, playing time could be tougher to come by in 2013-14, as the Clippers brought in Jared Dudley, who is basically Barnes, version 2.0. Los Angeles also has significant depth at shooting guard, meaning it will be rare that the team goes big and Dudley slides over to the two. His production last season warrants owners in deeper leagues taking notice of him, but in shallower formats, there are better options with more upside.
Barnes was the last player the Clippers signed this offseason, but it is hard to see where his minutes might come from in 2011-12. Barnes averaged 22.9 minutes per game last season, but he will start the year playing behind both Grant Hill and Caron Butler at small forward – and that doesn’t even account for potential minutes for Lamar Odom at the three. The means unless there are some injuries, which is supremely possible for both Hill and Butler, Barnes might struggle to play as much as he did last season.
A jack-of-all-trades, Barnes will do the dirty work for the Lakers, but he offers little upside. Last year he averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.2 minutes per game. Those numbers should increase slightly, because he will see a few more minutes in Odom's absence and with World Peace on a steep decline. It's possible that he could offer value in deep leagues.
Barnes is one of those players who is much more valuable to a real team than a fantasy team. From a statistical perspective, he doesn’t do anything spectacular or even noteworthy, but coaches across the league rave about Barnes’ defensive skill, toughness, and intangible assets. But until they can formulate a fantasy statistic for “fearlessness,” owners should stay away from Barnes.
The Magic intended to add more shooters to the roster this summer, so Barnes should be a welcome addition to team. Barnes started 40 games for Phoenix last year and had the best season of his career, but it's very unlikely that he'll see as much playing time as he did last season. Barnes will be a key player off the bench for the Magic, but don't expect him to match last season's level of production.
For the last several seasons, Barnes has been one of those guys that has produced considerable numbers when given the opportunity… but who, for reasons unclear to most observers… can’t seem to hang on to a steady job. As such, he’d be an outstanding candidate to turn up in the Suns rotation and suddenly blow up – if Mike D’Antoni were still running the show. With Terry Porter in charge, we’re less optimistic about the Suns taking marginal players and making them into fantasy superstars overnight. That said, Barnes is pretty well positioned to carve out an important role, particularly if Grant Hill is sidelined for any length of time.
Barnes went from being the last player to make the team last year to a legitimate fantasy contributor by the end of November. He averaged 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 3’s per game in December en route to averaging a career-best 9.8 points per game and 23.5 minutes per game for the season. Barnes took advantage of injuries last year but don’t expect similar production this year as he will be fighting for back-up small forward minutes with Mickael Pietrus.
Barnes averaged 4.1 ppg and 16.6 mpg last season, but could be replaced at any time. His roster spot may be in jeopardy if he doesn't impress in training camp.
Barnes needs to have a consistent showing in camp to solidfy his standing with the organization. If he makes the team, he'll likely contribute off the bench, which will limit his fantasy value.
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Plays only four minutes in return from foot injury
FGolden State Warriors
May 3, 2017
Barnes (foot) logged four minutes in Monday's 106-94 win over the Jazz in Game 1 of the series, providing zero points (0-1 FG) and one assist.
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Active and available to play Tuesday
FGolden State Warriors
May 2, 2017
Barnes (foot) will be active and available to play in Tuesday's Game 1 against the Jazz, Anthony Slater of Bay Area News Group reports.
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Probable for Game 1 vs. Jazz
FGolden State Warriors
Foot
May 1, 2017
Barnes (foot) is officially listed as probable for Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Jazz.
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Closing in on return
FGolden State Warriors
Foot
May 1, 2017
According to assistant coach Mike Brown, Barnes (foot) is "really close" to returning, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Will play in Tuesday's playoff game
FGolden State Warriors
April 30, 2017
Barnes (foot) will play in Tuesday's Western Conference Semifinals Game 1, ESPN's Chris Haynes reports.
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