NBA Playoffs: Where Does Harrison Barnes Rank Among the Best Small Forwards?

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Paul George

May 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) takes the ball down the court against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Pacers won 81-73. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George is the closest in age to Barnes than anyone else in this list. He is 23 and Barnes is 20. Plus, his role on his team seems to be the closest to Barnes, as he does not have as much as an offensive burden as big as Kevin Durant or Carmelo Anthony.

Furthermore, he also has the exact same wingspan as Barnes, measuring in at 6’ 11.25’’. George has been averaging 18 points in the postseason and nine rebounds per game in this postseason.

Barnes has been shooting better than George this postseason on roughly the same number of shots. George has been averaging 39 percent shooting on about 15 attempts, and Barnes has been averaging 45 percent shooting on 14 attempts.

Barnes is also a more efficient three-point shooter than George, averaging 38 percent from beyond the arc to George’s 25 percent. Although Paul George is taking roughly 1.5 more three-pointers than Barnes per game, Barnes’ accuracy is superior.