Harrison Barnes might just be the most dedicated Golden State Warriors of this season, and that’s saying something when he has Stephen Curry as a teammate. Barnes is soft-spoken, but his actions certainly speak louder than his words. Whether it was his bone-thundering dunk against the Denver Nuggets or his perseverance in the face of a extremely hard fall, Barnes demonstrated considerable skill and toughness. In fact, he was the first rookie since Tim Duncan to put back to back 20 plus point games in the playoffs. But believe it or not, Barnes most impressive move did not happen on the court.
The Golden State Warriors recently broke franchise records in season ticket sales by achieving the 14,000 milestones and Barnes showed his appreciation by buying that lucky fan’s tickets. Mark Gutierrez received an unexpected phone call from the Black Falcon in which he expressed his appreciation for the fan and then informed Gutierrez that his tickets were on him this year. Though Barnes likely has enough money to buy several sets of season tickets, the action itself gives insight to the now-sophomore’s generosity and appreciation for the fan.
Barnes is looking for a breakout season, despite being relegated to a non-starting role. He showed potent potential during the Playoffs and will now look to play the same way through out the regular season. The low-pressure role of Sixth Man will also make sure that all the Playoff hype does not create an unhealthy environment for the young player. Barnes just turned 21 and still has many years ahead of them and hopefully many of those years are played with the Warriors.