Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Who Has the Edge?

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Apr 14, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the second half against the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-109. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forward

Warriors: Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes

Grizzlies: Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter

Tayshaun Prince had a great career with the Detroit Pistons, but he is now 33 years old and the Grizzlies’ weakest starter.  He is still a good shooter and defender, but his game has deteriorated over the years.

This matchup is an easy win for the Warriors.  Andre Iguodala will win almost any matchup at his position and Harrison Barnes is young and has a lot of potential.

Iguodala is solid in almost every facet of the game.  He can score, pass, defend, and rebound.  His biggest weakness may be his free throw shooting, but his career percentage of 72 percent is still respectable.

Harrison Barnes had an average rookie season for a 7th overall pick, but he excelled during the playoffs.  David Lee’s injury required him to be more of a factor on offense and he responded by scoring 16.1 points per game in the playoffs.

Barnes can shoot the three-pointer at a respectable 36 percent and has phenomenal footwork for a guy going into his second season.  His athleticism has also served him well – Barnes’ reputation for posterizing dunks has been on the rise since he entered the league.

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