Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barnes was putting up 17.7 points over 49 games with Dallas before being dealt to the Kings in February of last season. He saw a slight decrease in production following the trade (14.3 PPG in 28 contests), despite playing 1.6 more minutes per matchup. After re-signing with Sacramento over the offseason, the 27-year-old forward is expected to slot into a similar role during the 2019-20 campaign as the team's starting small forward. He converted on 39.5 percent of his threes over the course of last year -- his best shooting performance since the 2014-15 season when he shot 40.5 percent from downtown. Barnes also knocked down a career-best 2.3 treys per contest a season ago, which is quite the improvement from 1.5 threes per game during 2017-18. The Kings didn't make any jaw-dropping moves in free agency, which is good news for Barnes, who should continue to see plenty of opportunities to shoot the basketball alongside De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield at the two guard spots. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $85 million contract with the Kings in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes is the son of Shirley Barnes. He was born in 1992 in Ames, Iowa, where he played high school basketball at Ames High School. He made the honor roll all four years of high school and was an Advanced Placement Scholar. Barnes was also a member of the track and field team (high jump and long jump), played saxophone and sang in the school choir. He was basketball teammates with fellow NBA veteran Doug McDermott. The two led Ames High School to back-to-back undefeated seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) and Iowa 4A state championships. At UNC, he was a part of DECA (marketing and management club) and SHEPH (students helping to eliminate poverty and hunger) and participated in local food drives while working with the Ronald McDonald House. As a pro, Barnes has hosted Holidays With Harrison during the holidays, where he surprises youth essay contest winners with an all-expenses-paid shopping spree at the adidas store in San Francisco. Barnes supports the Boys & Girls Club of America and was a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. Fans can follow the veteran forward on Twitter (@hbarnes).

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Harrison Barnes played basketball at the University of North Carolina for two seasons. During his freshman season (2010-11), Barnes started 36 of 37 games and generated 15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers per contest. On Mar. 12, he scored a season-high 40 points during an ACC Tournament win over Clemson. After a run in the NCAA Tournament, Barnes was named ACC Rookie of the Year. The sharp-shooting forward increased his scoring to 17.1 points per game during his sophomore season (2011-12). Barnes helped lead North Carolina to the ACC Tournament finals in 2011 and 2012, as well as the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2011 and 2012. In the 2011-12 season, Barnes led the ACC in field goals (229) and was second in points (648). He was also third in points per game (17.1) and drained the fourth-most free throws (141) in the conference. At the end of the season, Barnes was named to the 2011-12 All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. The Ames, Iowa native left North Carolina after his second season and entered the 2012 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Golden State Warriors with the seventh overall pick.

Cleared to play Friday
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July 30, 2020
Barnes (illness) will play without a minutes restriction Friday against the Spurs, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Barnes, who tested positive for COVID-19, joined his teammates in Orlando about a week ago. He's apparently done well in practice, so coach Luke Walton will have him play.
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2019

After a February 2019 trade sent Barnes to Sacramento, the forward signed a new four year agreement with the Kings five months later. Barnes began the 2019-20 season locked in as Sacramento's starting small forward and started all 64 Kings' games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. On Nov. 30, he scored 30 points in a win over Denver, adding five rebounds and two steals. On three separate occasions, all in December, Barnes grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds. On Dec. 6, the versatile forward posted 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during a close loss at San Antonio. The former North Carolina standout recorded three double-doubles for the season. Barnes again poured in 30 points, to go with four rebounds and three assists, in a matchup against the Pelicans on Jan. 4. On Feb. 20, Barnes, aided by shooting 7-of-11 from behind the arc, exploded for a season-high 32 points during a home win over the Grizzlies. For the season, Barnes supplied per-game averages of 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 three-pointers. For the fourth season in a row, Barnes shot better than 38 percent from three (38.3 percent in 2019-20). For 2019-20, he also shot an efficient 45.9 from the field and 80.3 from the charity stripe, which led to an effective field goal percentage of 52.4 percent -- the second highest effective field goal percentage of Barnes' eight year career.

2018

The 2018-19 season was Harrison Barnes' seventh year in the Association. The 26-year-old split the season between the Mavericks and the Kings. He first played 49 games, all starts, for Dallas. Barnes began the season by missing four games due to a right hamstring strain. On Nov. 12, Barnes had arguably his best game of the year, posting 23 points, five boards and four steals (matching a career-high) during a win at Chicago. Barnes posted a season-high 30 points in two December games. On Dec. 2, he generated 30 points and nine boards to help the Mavs beat the Clippers. Then on Dec. 18, he again scored 30 in a loss to the Nuggets. On Feb. 7, he was traded to Sacramento in exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. As with Dallas, Barnes started all of his games with Sacramento. With the Kings, Barnes grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds during a Feb. 27 loss to the Buck. For the season, Barnes delivered per game averages of 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 made three-pointers.

2017

Barnes's second season in Dallas saw him once again lead his team in scoring with 18.9 points per game. The UNC product took a step forward by also leading the Mavericks with a career-high 6.1 rebounds per game. Overall, he recorded eight double-doubles, including a 22-point, 13-rebound effort against Oklahoma City on Nov. 12. Barnes scored a season-high 31 points on two separate occasions, first against Washington on Nov. 7, and then again 13 days later against Boston. He set a new career-high with six assists against Brooklyn on Nov. 29. The sixth-year pro matched the feat against Sacramento on Mar. 27 in a game where he also added 20 points. Barnes drained a season-high seven three-pointers against the 76ers on Oct. 28. In fact, for the season Barnes averaged a career-high of 1.5 made three-pointers per game. He scored 30 points twice, against Cleveland on Apr. 1 and against New York on Mar. 13. On Jan. 10, Barnes scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds against Charlotte. He made a career-high 259 free throws and shot 82.7 percent from the stripe.

2016

In July of 2016, free agent Harrison Barnes signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. After four seasons in Golden State, Barnes seemed eager to play a more prominent role for a new team. With Dallas, his minutes per contest peaked at a career-high 35.5 per game, and he led the Mavericks in scoring via a career-high 19.2 points per game. Barnes proved to be the unquestioned first option on offense. He shot a career-high and team-leading 16.2 attempts per game, which was 3.6 more shots per contest than teammate and future HOF-er Dirk Nowitzki. It was also 6.6 more shots per game than he took last year with Golden State. Despite the increased usage, Barnes managed to shoot 46.8 percent from the field, which was slightly higher than last season. He also hit a career-best 86.1 percent of his free throws. On Oct. 28, the second game of the season, Barnes scored a career-high 31 points, plus added five boards, in a home loss to the Rockets. On Nov. 6, Barnes registered a new career-high of 34 points, plus eight boards, two assists and two steals, in a home win over the Bucks. Barnes had five games in which he scores 30 or more points. He finished the season seventh in the NBA in minutes played (2,803) and 10th in two-point field goals (521).

2015

In 2015-16, the injury bug caught up to Barnes after he missed only five games over his first three years in The Association. That said, Barnes still appeared in 66 games for Golden State, with 59 starts, and increased his minutes per game to a career-high 30.9. Barnes started the Warriors' first 17 games and delivered 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. An ankle injury suffered on Nov. 27 versus Phoenix forced the versatile forward to miss 16 straight games. He returned on Jan. 4 and came off the bench to score eight points in a win over Charlotte. By Jan. 16, Barnes earned back his spot in the staring lineup and started Golden State's last 42 games. On March 30, Barnes delivered his lone double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 boards during a win at Utah. On three occasions, Barnes scored a season-high 21 points, including an April 7 win over the Spurs when Barnes posted 21 points, eight rebounds and a trio of three-pointers. The Warriors ended the regular season with an impressive mark of 73-9 and eliminated the Rockets, Blazers and Thunder on their way to the 2016 NBA Finals. They again faced LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. Barnes started 23 of Golden State's 24 playoff games. His best postseason performance came in Game 3 of the Finals when Barnes tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists during the loss at Cleveland. The Warriors lost the Finals in seven games.

2014

After coming off the bench in most games during the 2013-14 season, Harrison Barnes started all 82 regular season games for the Warriors in 2014-15. The versatile forward played 28.3 minutes per contest, which was identical to last season's mark. While his minutes remained consistent, Barnes was much more efficient, improving his field goal percentage from 39.9 percent last season to 48.2 percent in 2014-15. That's a dramatic increase, especially considering Barnes took more three-point attempts in 2014-15. His effective field goal percentage of 54.8 percent ranked No. 12 in the NBA. Barnes delivered per-game career highs in points (10.1), rebounds (5.5) and three-pointers (1.1) during his third season in the NBA. On Nov. 21, Barnes recorded his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, plus two blocks, in a home win over the Jazz. Barnes had a total of six double-doubles during the season. On Christmas Day, Barnes grabbed a career-best-tying 13 rebounds, plus added 12 points, three assists and two steals, in a road loss to the Clippers. On Mar. 18, Barnes exploded for a season-high 25 points, plus four boards, during a home win over the Hawks. The Warriors finished 67-15 and eliminated the Pelicans, Grizzlies and Rockets on their way to facing Cleveland in the 2015 NBA Finals. Barnes started in all 21 of Golden State's playoff games and averaged 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds over 32.4 minutes per postseason contest. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in six games.

2013

After starting all 81 of his games last season, Barnes saw his minutes per game increase while at the same time shifting to a bench role in his second season with Golden State. The versatile forward started 24 of 78 games during the 2013-14 season, but saw his minutes per game increase from 25.4 last year to 28.3 this season. Most of Barnes' counting stats improved in 2013-14, but his shooting accuracy declined. Barnes had per game career highs in points (9.5), assists (1.5), steals (0.8) and three-pointers (0.8). However, his field goal percentage decreased to 39.9 percent and his free throw accuracy went down to 71.8 percent. On Nov. 29, Barnes registered a career-high 26 points during a close loss at OKC. Barnes had 13 games with 15 points or more. On Dec. 6, Barnes swiped a career-high four steals, plus scored 14 points, in a loss at Houston. Seven days later, Barnes recorded his lone double-double of the season with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a home loss to the Rockets. On Apr. 16, Barnes posted a new career-high 30 points, plus added five boards and three assists, during a win at Denver. Golden State ended the season with a record of 51-31 and lost in seven games to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Barnes came off the bench in all seven playoff games. In Game 4 of the series, a win for the Warriors, Barnes generated 15 points and four assists.

2012

Barnes was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 7th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. The athletic forward made his NBA debut on opening night, Oct. 31, as a member of the starting lineup and generated six points with three rebounds in a close win at Phoenix. Barnes would go on to start in 81 regular season games for the Warriors and averaged 25.4 minutes per contest. The rookie produced 9.2 points, 4.1 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.6 three-pointers made per game. On Nov. 14, Barnes registered his first ever double-double with 19 points and 13 boards in a home win over the Hawks. Five nights later, he again double-doubled with 20 points and 12 boards during a win at Dallas. Another five nights later, on Nov. 19, Barnes double-doubled again with 10 points and 11 rebounds during a home win over the T-Wolves. The rookie ended the season with four double-doubles in total. Twice Barnes scored a season-high 21 points, including a 21-point, eight-rebound effort on Feb. 2 versus the Suns. Barnes' Warriors ended the season at 47-35 and eliminated the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to the Spurs in six games in the Western Conference Semifinals. Barnes started all 12 playoff games for Golden State, registered two double-doubles and averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers per game in his first ever postseason action. In the offseason, Barnes was named a member of the 2012-13 All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Golden State Warriors.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.
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With only minor changes to the roster, Barnes unsurprisingly finished the 2017-18 campaign with numbers similar to a year prior. He remained the team's top scoring threat at 18.9 points per game, while adding 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 34.2 minutes. The six-year forward also saw a spike in his three-point production and tallied a career-high 1.5 deep balls at a 35.7 percent clip. However, the Mavericks made some fairly significant upgrades to the roster in the offseason. Most notably was the signing of DeAndre Jordan, who's set to enter the starting five at center immediately. Jordan was second in the league last year with 15.2 rebounds per game, which means Barnes' board totals are very likely to take a hit. In addition, Dennis Smith is coming off a very impressive rookie season and will likely be involved even more in the offense in Year 2, while Luka Doncic was taken with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and is expected to be an offensive contributor immediately as an NBA ready player coming out of Europe. That means there's more mouths to feed overall, so Barnes' 15.7 field goal attempts per game and scoring totals are also at risk of declining. Fantasy owners can continue to rely on him for his production on offense, but he's likely going to be a one-trick pony for the most part if Jordan's presence does significantly impact Barnes' rebound totals as expected.
Following four years with the Warriors in a complementary role on a stacked roster, Barnes finally got a taste of the limelight in his first year with Dallas. He immediately jumped into the Mavericks rotation as their go-to player after signing a max four-year, $94 million contract in the offseason. While his averages of 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 three-pointer all remained relatively similar to his last few years with the Warriors, it was his scoring that took a huge jump, which was always expected with a move to a much less talented roster. He commanded the ball more than any other player and averaged a career-high 19.2 points, up from the 11.7 points he averaged a year prior. He shot 46.8 percent from the field and did see his three-point shooting fall to 35.1 percent, though that didn't hurt him much considering his usage skyrocketed. That shouldn't change much heading into the 2017-18 campaign. While the Mavericks added the electric point guard Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, that may actually help Barnes' numbers, rather than hurt them. Barnes was often swarmed by defenses to force him to give the ball up, so with more attention potentially being diverted to Smith, Barnes could get more open looks. Dirk Nowitzki is also nearing 40 years old and will likely continue to have his workload scaled back, opening a few extra looks here and there. With all that said, Barnes numbers will likely remain relatively similar to a season ago, as he'll remain the Mavericks' top option on offense while spending time at both small forward and power forward.
Barnes' struggles in the NBA Finals overshadowed what was otherwise a productive season in a complementary role for the Warriors. While often serving as the team's fourth option offensively, Barnes averaged a career-high 11.7 points to go with 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The production earned him a massive payday in the form of a four-year, $94 million deal from the Mavericks, who will count on Barnes to step into a larger role as he enters his age-24 season. Whether the U.S. Olympic gold medalist is up to the task remains to be seen. Barnes flourished as a role player in Golden State, but it's fair to question how much he benefited from playing alongside Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and a certain two-time MVP. In Dallas, Barnes won't necessarily be asked to be the No. 1 option, but he's arguably the highest-upside player on a team that will lean heavily on veterans Deron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews. After approaching 31 minutes per game last season, Barnes' playing time may not creep much higher, but he expects to see more opportunities as a shooter and one-on-one playmaker, which should translate to a noticeable increase in his per-game scoring.
Barnes went from an up-and-coming rookie wing player in the NBA to an unconfident and tentative mess after his sophomore season. What happened? For one, he went from being a starter to a reserve. Former head coach Mark Jackson put the weight of the second unit on his shoulders, asking him to be the primary scorer. His PER dropped to 9.85 during his sophomore season, making him a top priority of the new head coach Steve Kerr, who theorized Barnes wasn't used properly in the previous coaching regime's system. Kerr's motion offense benefitted no player more than Barnes, who was given the starting small forward job over Andre Iguodala in training camp. No longer being asked to create off the dribble, the ball eventually found Barnes, leading to career-highs in three-point (40 percent) and two-point shooting (51 percent). He averaged 10.1 points along with 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 28 minutes per game, while starting all 82. This is a critical year for Barnes. He's on the final year of his rookie deal. The Warriors would like to retain him, but they've just shelled out big dough for Draymond Green, one year after showering Klay Thompson with riches. And the Stephen Curry payday is coming. They may hold off until he becomes a restricted free agent next summer to see what the market price for Barnes becomes.
Barnes had a disappointing sophomore season, failing to make a developmental leap generally seen in high draft picks between seasons one and two. In 78 games, he averaged 9.5 points on 40-percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 28 minutes per game. After the All-Star break, he shot just 36 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point distance. The Warriors envisioned the athletic wing becoming the team's premier scorer off the bench, but Barnes never delivered in that role. He's often deferential on the court, passing up shots or not driving to the basket enough. It might be a confidence issue. It would help if Barnes can develop a better handle. That might give him the confidence to take the ball to the hole more willingly. New head coach Steve Kerr believes Barnes can thrive with better spacing. Barnes will be project number one for assistant coach Alvin Gentry, known primarily for his offensive mind. So, while Barnes' regression from year one to two is off-putting, the change that comes with new voices calling the shots creates hope that Barnes can develop consistency, confidence, and a drive to get better. Look for him to play primarily off the bench, backing up Andre Iguodala at small forward.
Barnes' rookie season was a mixed bag, but he hinted at being an exciting wing player capable of carrying a scoring load and creating a shot for himself. Those hints didn't sustain over long stretches, and he was often the deferential rookie, letting the veterans take charge. He was good in the postseason and appeared destined for a larger role this coming season – until the Warriors swung a deal for Andre Iguodala, who is expected to start at Barnes' small forward spot. That means Barnes will play a support role on the wing, and the development in year two we expected might be delayed. Barnes will be part of the rotation and will be part of smaller lineups.
Barnes will be in the mix for the starting small forward spot. He has ideal size at the three and his mobility/wingspan is suited to defending. Offensively, he has a mid-range game and can create space for himself, but mediocre ball-handling/dribbling limit his ability to get to the rim and create shots. He’s a good rebounder at the three, but he may not get starters’ minutes right away.
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Traveling to Orlando
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July 24, 2020
Barnes (illness) has cleared the COVID-19 protocol and is traveling to the NBA bubble in Orlando, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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July 22, 2020
Barnes (illness) is still in Sacramento and will be on the "first flight to Orlando" once he clears protocol, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Still absent in Orlando
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Illness
July 21, 2020
Barnes (illness) could arrive at the NBA's bubble in Orlando later Tuesday if he passes one more COVID-19 test, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
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July 14, 2020
Barnes announced Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Excels with 20 points in win
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March 8, 2020
Barnes provided 20 points (7-13 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and an assist across 36 minutes in Saturday's 123 -111 win over the Trail Blazers.
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