Harrison Barnes may be having a disappointing sophomore season with the Warriors, but he is sure garnering intrigue on the national level.
Barnes will be one of the participants in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Feb. 15, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The other competitors, Stein reports, are the Pacers’ Paul George, the Wizards’ John Wall, the Blazers’ Damian Lillard, the Kings’ Ben McLemore, and defending champion Terrence Ross of the Raptors.
In 45 games this season, Barnes is averaging 10 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Although he is averaging double-digits, he has struggled as of late, and has been rather inconsistent in his bench role this season.
Regardless, he will be heading to All-Star Weekend in New Orleans for two events: the dunk contest, and the Rising Stars Game.
Seeing Barnes in the dunk contest should be a real treat. Although he hasn’t done it much this season, he is certainly capable of driving to the basket and making highlight-reel plays.
Just ask Nikola Pekovic:
Or Ersan Ilyasova:
Barnes also tweeted the following this afternoon, probably referring to his selection:
God is good
— Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes) February 6, 2014
The official announcement of the dunk contest participants as well as the 3-Point Shootout contestants will be made this afternoon on TNT. It is very likely that the Warriors will have at least one representative in the 3-Point Shootout, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are atop the NBA leaderboard in threes.