Taken with the seventh overall pick in last June’s draft, Harrison Barnes is looking to make an immediate impact for the Golden State Warriors this season. Unlike players who were drafted before him (I am looking at you Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), Barnes won’t have oodles of pressure on his shoulders to produce next season.
While the Warriors aren’t going to be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy anytime soon, the team has made vast improvements to their roster, which started during the middle of last season when they traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in-exchange for big man Andrew Bogut. Bogut has yet to make his Warrior debut thanks to an ankle injury that sidelined him for all but 12 games last season.
A nucleus of Bogut, David Lee and Stephen Curry, have folks in the bay area thinking playoffs for the first time in a long time, assuming they can all stay healthy. Bogut and Curry played in a combined 38 games last season.
Thankfully for Barnes, the starting small forward position is probably his to lose. The only competition the rookie may see is from veteran Richard Jefferson. Not having the pressure of being the go to guy will hopefully allow the former North Carolina Tar Heel to play more of a relaxed, controlled game, allowing him to help the team rather than be its savior.
This may not guarantee him being Rookie of the Year, but it likely won’t hurt the value of his cards, either. If there is one rookie I had to pick whose cards are due for a rise in stock to start the season, I would pick Barnes.
Barnes’ 2012-13 Prestige Prestigious Picks Autograph Card can be had for the buy it now price of 49.99 on e-Bay.
His 2012/13 Panini Hoops Auto Card is going for the buy it now price of 80.00.
The prices above are the lowest, buy it now prices. Fans may be able to find the cards cheaper through auction.
Check out the video below to enjoy some of Barnes’ highlights while playing for North Carolina.
All photos courtesy of Panini America and e-Bay.