Does Barnes have potential at the Power Forward?

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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:28 am
The Warriors exceeded all expectations last game. Barnes stepped up at the power forward position. If you look at a lot of teams, nowadays you will see guys like Lebron, Carmelo, or Wilson Chandler play the power forward position. It seems to work as long as you have a legit center. Barnes looked good playing next to Ezeli and Bogut. The benefit of putting him at 4 was the spacing and it allowed the Warriors to play Jack like a starter and have Curry and Thompson in as well. Some people think having Bogut slows the offense, but when you take out Lee and put in Barnes it seems to be plenty fast.

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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:53 am
Put on weight, be a stretch four. Could be a major match up problem for most teams.
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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:45 am
I like Barnes as SF, but nowadays it looks like a reversion back to the 1980s with the scoring and running, with the little defense, so Barnes at PF works as mentioned, with shooting and speed. He'd have to rebound more though, because the likes of Faried will beat him badly on the boards. You gain on speed and likely scoring, but lose on rebounding and interior defense.
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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:16 am
Harrison Barnes is a 4 for Nellieball purposes.

He can't defend or rebound well for that position, but he creates an offense mismatch, so Nellie would be stoked to use him like that. I don't think you can sustain his play at that position, but against a gimmicky fast break Denver squad, you might.
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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:37 pm
I like it for situational purposes, but not as his eventual future.. He's a true SF. The kid has so much potential, and it was great to see him have a breakout game. Hopefully that will ignite him for the rest of this series and beyond
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» Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:24 pm
Situational is all it can provide.

Nellieball is proven to fail in the playoffs.

Unless you have an idiot opposing head coach like Avery Johnson (or George Karl in Game 2) who tries to fight small ball with small ball. You'd never see Poppavich, Phil, or any other hall of fame coach returning serve with an opposing small lineup. They'd simply stay with a normal lineup and pound the ball into their big mismatch every play.

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