Will Barton
Will Barton
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/10/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With expectations sky-high, Barton had a disappointing 2018 campaign. A hip injury suffered in the second game of the season caused Barton to miss 38 straight contests and 40 total on the year, and he played his fewest games since 2013. The injury factored significantly into his underwhelming play. Barton shot just 40.2 percent from the floor, his lowest mark since his rookie season. His 34.2 percent shooting from three was his lowest since 2015 -- his first full season with the Nuggets. Barton averaged 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 threes in 2018-19, which were decreases from 2017-18 in every category. It's important to note, however, that Barton's 27.7 minutes per game were his fewest since 2015. He actually averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 threes per 36 minutes in 2018-19 -- almost identical to his numbers from 2017-18. That's very encouraging for Barton's outlook as he heads into the new season with more competition than ever for playing time. He might be replaced by Torrey Craig in the starting five after yielding playing time to Craig toward the end of last season. Michael Porter Jr. could also eat into Barton's playing time if the former can finally get on the court. Assuming he's not hampered by injury in 2019-20, Barton has a chance to return similar production to what he averaged from 2015-2017 with Denver, though his place on the depth chart and his role in the rotation will ultimately determine his fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Will Norman Barton III was born in 1991 in Baltimore, Maryland to Karen Bush. Prior to college, Barton attended four prep schools in five years. He starred at Baltimore City College, a public college preparatory high school, for two years. Barton then transferred to National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland. Next, the athletic scorer enrolled at Lake Clifton Eastern High School in Baltimore for his junior year. Finally, the young Barton played hoops at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire as a senior. He finished at Brewster as the No. 6 2010 college prospect in the nation. In 2015, following protests over the death of Freddie Gray, Barton returned to his hometown of Baltimore to host a "peaceful fun" gathering at the Cloverdale basketball courts. Hundreds of citizens attended and focused on positive ways to help the city. While playing college ball at Memphis, Will Barton was teammates with his brother Antonio. You can follow Barton via @WillTheThrillB5 on both Instagram and Twitter.

College/International Summary

Scouting services rated Barton as the top shooting guard in the 2010 class, so he was a great pickup for coach Josh Pastner, who was trying to establish Memphis in the post-Calipari era. The 6-foot-6 guard came off the bench for the first six games of his freshman season before establishing himself as a starter. He put up 20 points or more in three of those games as a reserve and finished the season with averages of 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals. Barton took flight as a sophomore and was named Conference USA Player of the Year. He led the Tigers with 18.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals. He had 11 doubles-doubles, including 28 points and 16 rebounds in a loss to Louisville. Barton closed the regular season with a career-high 30 points in a win over Tulsa. He led Memphis to the Big Dance for the second straight season. Barton declared for the 2012 draft and left the Tigers after two seasons and was selected with the 40th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

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August 7, 2020
Barton (knee) is sidelined for Saturday's matchup against the Jazz.
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2018

Barton's season got off to a difficult start, as he fell awkwardly during a lay-up attempt in the second game of the season, straining his groin and right hip in the process. Initially billed to miss between 5-and-6 weeks, Barton missed longer than predicted, ultimately returning on Jan. 12th in a 102-93 loss to the Suns. He finished that game with six points, five rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes. Barton quickly re-established himself in his starting role, topping 20 points seven times throughout the remainder of the regular season. He also picked up at least five assists in 10 of his 43 appearances, and he grabbed at least five boards in 20 of his showings. Defensively, "The Thrill" picked up at least one steal in 15 games and at least one block in 18 contests. He also had one double-double on the year, a 21-point, 11-board effort during a Feb. 28 home loss to Utah. Arguably his best game of the season came during a six-point loss to the Jazz on Jan. 23, with Barton posting 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. In 14 playoff games, Barton averaged 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 23 minutes. He had a 22-point outburst during a second round Game 3 loss to Portland, which also included nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals. Denver would ultimately be eliminated by Portland in seven-games.

2017

Barton started nearly half of Denver's contests (40) while playing in a career-best 81 games. He played 33.1 minutes per night while logging more than 40 mins on 12 separate occasions. He set career-high marks in virtually every offensive category. Barton was one of just 15 players across the league to average at least 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal. He shot a career-best 45.2 percent from the field and hit at least 80 percent (80.5) of his free throws for the third time in the past six seasons. Barton finished the season particularly strong. The Memphis product averaged 20.2 points over Denver's final 12 games while shooting 41.0 percent from downtown. Included in that stretch were a pair of double-doubles. Barton's 37 points in a win over the Bulls on November 30 were the most he has ever scored in a single game over the course of his first six NBA seasons. It was one of his two 30-point efforts of the 2017-18 campaign.

2016

In his second full season with the Nuggets, Barton appeared in 60 games and made 19 starts. In 28.4 minutes per game, he averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.8 steals while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and a then-career-best 37.0 percent from downtown. Barton missed a combined 17 games due to left ankle and foot injuries. On opening night against the Pelicans, Barton recorded 22 points, five rebounds and two assists. He scored a season-high 35 points in a win over the Clippers on March 16, adding five rebounds and three assists. In a win over Dallas on Feb. 6, Barton had 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. In a Feb. 13 win over Golden State, he tied his season-high of 10 rebounds to go with 24 points and seven assists. He recorded a season-best eight assists on two separate occasions, including in a win over the Lakers on Jan. 17 when he also chipped in four rebounds and 26 points. On the defensive end, Barton recorded at least one steal in 33 games and at least one block in 23 games.

2015

The Memphis product appeared in 82 games for the Nuggets, making one start and averaging 28.7 minutes. He posted averages of 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 steals. Barton shot 43.2 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. Barton scored in double-figures 60 times, including 20 games with at least 20 points. He topped out with 32 points, to go with 10 rebounds and six assists, in a loss to the Pelicans on Dec. 20. Barton went for 31 points in a loss to Portland on Dec. 30. He recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds, a season-high seven assists, and two steals against the Warriors on Jan. 2. In a win over the Knicks on Feb. 7, Barton went for 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes. He scored in double-figures in every game from Nov. 27 through Jan. 2 (19 games), averaging 19.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steal during that span. At season's end, Barton finished fourth in the voting for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. He received 15 of 118 first-place votes. Barton also finished fifth in the voting for the league's Most Improved Player award, garnering one first-place vote.

2014

Barton split the season between the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets, appearing in 58 total games. He began the year in Portland, where he suited up for 30 contests. In 10.0 minutes per game, Barton averaged 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest for the Trail Blazers. On Feb. 19, Barton was traded to Denver in a deal that brought Arron Afflalo to Portland. Barton stepped into a larger role with the Nuggets, with whom he logged 24.4 minutes per game and posted averages of 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Barton hit 44.3 percent of his field goals and 28.4 percent of his threes in a Nuggets uniform. He debuted for Denver on Feb. 22 and posted eight points, three assists, two steals and a block during a loss at OKC. Two games later, Barton scored 22 points, to go with eight rebounds and three assists in a loss to Phoenix. On Mar. 1, he posted his first double-double of the season via 16 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to New Orleans. He matched that rebounding total, with 12 points and two assists, in a win over Utah on Mar. 27. On Mar. 15, the Memphis product scored a season-high 25 points in a win over the Pelicans.

2013

In his second NBA season, Barton appeared in 41 games for Portland and averaged 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 9.4 minutes per contest. He hit 41.7 percent of his field goals, 30.3 percent of his threes and a career-high 81.3 percent of his free throws. Barton made his season debut against the Nuggets on Nov. 1, playing one minute off the bench. He scored his first points of the campaign against Golden State on Nov. 23, finishing with two points (1-1 FG) in a 12-point victory. Barton recorded at least one steal in eight games, and he had a season-high two steals against the Sixers on Dec. 14. The Memphis product recorded a pair of double-doubles on the season, including a 20-point, 11-rebound outing in a win over the Nets on Feb. 26. He handed out a season-high four assists on three separate occasions. Against the Clippers on Apr. 16, Barton had 23 points (3-7 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Barton appeared in seven of Portland's 11 playoff games. During the Game 4 win over the Spurs during the Western Conference Semifinals, Barton posted 17 points, six boards, two assists and one three-pointer over 29.5 minutes of run.

2012

A second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Barton made an immediate impact in Portland. As a rookie, he appeared in 73 games and made five starts. In 12.2 minutes per contest, Barton averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.5 steals. He made his NBA debut against Oklahoma City on Nov. 2, finishing scoreless in one minute of action. Barton recorded his first NBA points one night later when he went for five points (2-7 FG), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in a win over Houston. Against Dallas on Apr. 7, Barton posted 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals (all career-bests). He became the first player to achieve that line off the bench since Cliff Robinson in 1993 and the first rookie to record at least 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals since Grant Hill in 1995. Late in the season, Barton moved into the starting lineup for the Blazers' final five games. In that span, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 38.0 minutes. In the second-to-last game of the season against the Clippers on Apr. 16, Barton posted 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2nd round (40th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter
  • February 19, 2015
    Traded by the Portland Trail Blazers with Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a 2016 1st round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.
  • August 7, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets
  • July 9, 2018
    Signed a four-year deal as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets.
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In a super-sixth-man role, Barton started 40 of his 80 appearances for the Nuggets last season, seeing 33.1 minutes per tilt -- a role that will only be expanded with the departure of Wilson Chandler to Philadelphia via trade. Barton’s Fantasy value comes from his all-around playstyle. In 2017-18, the 27-year-old averaged 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steal -- being one of only 15 players to do so. That list shortens to eight players when including Barton’s 1.9 threes per tilt. He’s also stayed relatively healthy over the past three seasons, missing just 23 games. Plus, due to his dynamic skillset, Barton is often the player who sees extra usage when a backcourt or wing player goes down due to injury. There were 14 occasions last season where Barton saw at least 40 minutes, averaging 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a combined 2.4 steals/blocks in those contests. Overall, he should be ready to improve on an already ascending career in 2018-19.
Barton has been a better-than-average bench player in the league over recent seasons, as he has seen a major increase in numbers over the past two years. Barton is posting averages of 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in 28.0 minutes of action during that two-year span. His 3.4 assists per game last season were a career-high and that may be his biggest weapon coming off the bench. A pseudo guard-forward who can distribute and score is what makes him so valuable and Barton may see an increase in production with Danilo Gallinari out of the picture. That's 34.0 minutes and 18.2 points per game that needs to be made up, and Barton should be one of the main beneficiaries with no other legitimate small forwards added to the roster. Barton may even handle the ball for the second-unit, as he's proven in the past that he can run an offense off the bench.
After excelling in a bench role in 28 games for Denver in 2014-15 after coming over from Portland at the trade deadline, Barton took his productivity up a notch last season while settling in as the Nuggets' sixth man. Barton appeared in all 82 games, averaging 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from three-point range. He was particularly hot early in the season, compiling averages of 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 54 outings before the All-Star break. His numbers tailed off a bit in the second half, but Barton remains one of the NBA's best values, with the Nuggets owing him just over $7.1 million over the next two seasons. From a pure production standpoint, there's plenty like about Barton, but he'll find himself in a crowded wing rotation this season. The Nuggets added Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley in the backcourt via the draft, while forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are expected at full strength after missing a combined 132 games in 2015-16. If both Gallinari and Chandler are able to stay healthy, it may be difficult for Barton to approach the career-high 28.7 minutes per game he averaged last season. Still, he's enough of an all-around producer to warrant a mid-to-late-round selection on draft day.
It appeared as if the Nuggets got very little in return when they traded Arron Afflalo to Portland last season, but Barton ended up being a steal and a nice addition to the Denver roster. After being stuck in a limited role with the Blazers averaging just 12 minutes per game, Barton averaged 24 minutes in his 28 games with the Nuggets. Along with doubling his minutes, he destroyed his career averages across the board, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field to go along with 81 percent from the line. Barton also averaged 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks a game and proved to be an energy-provider that the Nuggets desperately needed. He plays a lot like former-Nugget Corey Brewer, and his biggest asset to the team is energy and hustle. Look for Barton to be a spark-plug off the bench for Denver this season and provide valuable minutes when the Nuggets need a boost off the bench.
Entering his third NBA season, Will Barton has his work cut out for him in his quest to break into the Blazers' deep guard rotation. After averaging 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in nine minutes across 41 games last season, the 23-year-old's primary offseason aim was to improve as a facilitator, but in five outings at the Las Vegas Summer League, his ball handling wavered, as he totaled 15 assists versus 19 turnovers. Otherwise, his tendencies included double-digit scoring (14.4 points on 38-percent shooting), at least four rebounds (6.4 average), 1.2 steals, and exactly 1.0 three-pointer per contest. He'll be hard-pressed to tear away minutes from Steve Blake and CJ McCollum behind All-Star point man Damian Lillard, seemingly containing Barton's appearances to garbage time and openings following a potential injury to one of Portland's guards. On the other hand, if he's able to scrounge up consistent playing time, the 6-6, 174 pound Barton has displayed a knack for rebounding, ringing in with a LeBron James-esque 6.2 rebounds per 36 minutes in his career.
The 40th selection in the 2012 draft, Barton averaged 15 points (on 44.4 percent shooting) and 4.4 boards over five tilts during Summer League action. He may not earn many minutes behind Matthews, Batum, or Nolan Smith at the two, but he should nonetheless have some memorable garbage-time performances.
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August 6, 2020
Barton (knee) will remain out for Thursday's game against Portland, Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
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Out again Wednesday
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August 4, 2020
Barton (knee) will remain out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Kendra Andrews of The Athletic reports.
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Out again Monday
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August 2, 2020
Barton (knee) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Thunder.
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Questionable Monday
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August 2, 2020
Barton (knee) is considered "very questionable" for Monday's game against the Thunder, Kendra Andrews of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play in restart opener
FDenver Nuggets
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July 31, 2020
Barton (knee) is out for Saturday's game against the Heat.
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