When Scalabrine appeared on the Doug Gotlieb Show earlier this week, he made his thoughts about his lone half season in the Bay Area very public.
Among the important and noteworthy statements that came out of the interview was a comment about Harrison Barnes and his failure to be elite. “
Harrison Barnes should have been like an elite player in the NBA, taking the next step after his rookie year,” Scalabrine said. “It’s just like unfortunate that he didn’t get a chance to do it.”
Scalabrine is right to some degree. Though he probably should not have been elite last season, Barnes did not take the step forward that many expected him to take. He got off to a slow start missing multiple games to begin the season and after a solid opening game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Barnes went multiple games without truly making an impact.
Barnes was inconsistent all season. He never found his footing and never looked comfortable in his role off the bench. Realistically, it must have been hard for Barnes to start in his rookie season, play major minutes in the postseason, and then be relegated to a bench role. But Scal is right: it is unfortunate that Barnes did not get a better chance to take the next step. He has been floated around in trades and seems to be a trade name in every Warrior rumor.
If the Warriors allow Barnes to find continuity and settle into a role then maybe we will see Scalabrine’s comments motivate the young North Carolina product.