The Warriors picked up one of the most talented offensive players in the draft by selecting North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick of Thursday’s NBA draft.
Bob Myers, hired as the Warriors new general manager recently, said that his phone “almost blew up” when Barnes slipped to No. 7, because he wanted to trade up to get him.
“He’s one of the best people in the draft, and we think he’s one of the best players,” Myers told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The 6-foot-8 Barnes was the nation’s top prospect coming out of high school and looks like the classic NBA small forward.
He has an excellent mid-range game and outside shot, and he has a number of ways to score. Barnes is so smooth, it sometimes appears he isn’t providing maximum effort. He’s not as quick as you might think and is not an outstanding ballhandler.
Sometimes he’s considered too nice, too polite, and may not be as tough as some of the players in the lottery, but he is a smart player.
He averaged 17.1 points for the Tar Heels as a sophomore, but he struggled offensively in the NCAA Tournament when he was needed most. He went 3-for-16 in the overtime win over Ohio in the third round and 5-for-14 in the loss to Kansas in the next round. He has shown he can be a good defender.
Hopefully add 3‑point shooting and a little diversity,” Barnes told reporters in New York. “I’m bigger than Klay [Thompson], but Klay and Stephen [Curry] can both shoot the ball, so I just want to do whatever the team needs me to do.”
Warriors teammates took to Twitter to welcome Barnes to the Bay Area and offer up some advice, as well.
“Welcome to the Bay @HBarnes,” Curry (@StephenCurry40) tweeted. “Best fans r waiting for ya. Ps bring some movies on the plane tmw. Kind of a long flight.”
With the final pic of the first round, the Warriors nabbed Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli for added depth in the post. Ezeli averaged two blocks per game last season.
In the second round, the Warriors added talented forward Draymond Green out of Michigan State. Green was considered a first-round talent by many pundits after averaging 16.2 points and 10.6 reoubnds per game last season for the Spartans.
Golden State closed out their draft by taking Bosnian center Ognjen Kuzmic at No. 52 overall, who played in Spain last season.