always been a fan of this guy, I think he'll be a great 6th man in a few years
Hot dogging show off. Oh except that he can play. Big time. Can't miss prospect. Should have gone in the first round. Didn't because scouts and GMs decided he was too skinny. Compare his stats and his game highlights to Austin Rivers and it is stupid how much better Barton is. But Rivers goes ten with a guaranteed contract and Barton goes in the second round.
Watch that clip and you are telling me Rivers handle is so much better there is no love left for Barton's 8 rebounds per game and 51% FG%? SMH.
Man he was FRYIN them dudes, mainly Brandon Jennings!
I always wondered with the numbers he was putting up and his #1 rating SG in his class for HS, why wasn't he rated higher as an NBA prospect?
He's going to suprise alot of those GM's who passed on him.
DAAAAAMMMMNNNNNN!!!!!!!! Told people he was gonna be a baller. May take him a few years, but he's going to be a great player. He seriously reminds me of Jamaal Crawford so much. Not to mention he has better defensive and rebounding potential. Jamaal never wanted to commit, Will seems to really want to be a terrific 2-way player. Go get em Will.
Reminds me of Stephen Jackson when he first came into the league, similar playing style, length, and body type. If only he can put on 20 pounds though
I've been saying for awhile now that he would become a very good NBA player. He could be a great sixth man or a very good starter in a few years. Even though he is skinny, he is a great scorer and plays with a lot of energy, which every team needs. I was very surprised he slipped so far in the draft though. I thought for sure that the Bulls would have taken him with there first round pick. Portland got a huge steal imo.
"this guy will be a menace when he puts on the right amount of weight.
he's so versatile, gonna be a monster on the break with his outstanding stamina, passing, handles, and ability to read open lane and finish strong thru contact despite the weight issues
if i was asked who has the best chance at making the an all star game from the second round he would certainly be it.
give him 2, 3 years, and he will be good."
this is me the other day in http://nbadraft.net/forum/will-barton-still-underrated-highlights
people telling me victor olladipo and will sheehey would look good in a highlight too... smh
BTW. he has stated before he can play 1-3 in a article i posted in this site. his handles are scary good and so is his vision.
i saw this highlights when they posted a similar video and i was dumbfounded by his skills, they look better than ever.... this guy is certainly backing me up on my "all star" talk.
The kid has talent, what seperates him from others is his passion. I see the killer instinct in Barton required to thrive in the league. Has great 2-way potential. Will serve great as a back up as he is ball dependant and chucks a lot of shots. Could be a starter in 2-3 years once he can play within an offense. I thought he was going in the 15-27, was so surprised when he slid. I can see him getting a lot of minutes this year.
it's just a summer league game and the guy was on fire. he might be a good player he might be a bust.. but let's not base it off a pro am game. He could end up being a player in the league for 10 years, or he could be just like julius hodge was who played for nc state. regardless it would help if he gained weight because it is a mans league. But at the same time I could see him still being good without gaining weight. It all depends on how hard the guy works on a daily basis. But any NBA guy can go off in a summer league game. Just look at adam morrison, Lance stephenson and josh selby... those guys lit it up in the nba summer league. But yet they do nothing in the NBA. To be honest I am a huge fan of his. I really hope he tears it up like he did in college. But I have seen way to many guys that were good and college and did good at things liked this but sucked in the nab.
im personally not basing anything off this game as my words were said before this happened. and if you go by your "adam morrison, Lance stephenson and josh selby logic" then you will never find a talented player if measured with the same stick. you got to spot the right talent, and i think he's got it, he's just missing weight. GOTTA EAT
Didn't know his guard skills were so good. I'm not gonna go nuts because of an allstar game performance, but judging from the video his handl,e passing, and long range shooting all look nice.
Dont read to much into it, Ryan Hollins did have a 60+ game last year in a game similar ;/
No need to base anything off of a pro am game. Base it off the 18 and 8 he got in his sophmore season while shooting 51% from the field and 35% from three. He's 6' 6", got handles, hits the boards, and can score at the rim and from range. I just don't see what is missing and would keep him from being a very productive SG in the NBA. Oh, right, he is skinny. Obviously, he can't play then.
By the way, he looks a lot like Jamal Crawford but doesn't play like him at all. Crawford shot 42% in college and grabbed 3 rebounds, but had 4.5 assists (Burton doesn't pass much). Crawford was much more of a guard in college and was an inefficient high volume shooter (I'm basing this just on stats I don't remember ever catching any of his games, maybe I did but I don't remember now). But that is what he became in the NBA as well. Even though Burton is going to slide from SF in college to SG in the NBA, he is still going to hit the glass, you wait and see. He should be a nice overall producer, which you don't often get out of the SG spot.
I think he's moreso on the lines of Jordan Crawford, Jamal has a tighter handle and a go to move. Barton has talent but I still believe he needs to put on some muscle in order for him to consistently produce at the two guard position, especially in a tough western conference and a division like the northwest. 20 to 30 pounds would do him a great deal of justice and If he's able to get a consistent jumper and work his way into top shape he could be a special player down the road (3-4 yrs. barring injuries), but then again he is playing in Portland.
I've been a fan of Barton since he went to Memphis, I loved his competitiveness, his confidence and his willingness to get better. I tend to look at every player who is 6'6 for their potential to be the next great SG in the NBA, and honestly, if Portland give him a shot he could be that guy. It will take him a couple of years of NBA level strength and conditioning, but I definitely think Barton is going to be a second round steal, and could be a really special player if he's given the opportunity.
Streaky shooting and his frame is his only drawbacks but he has major game and always has had game. I saw him twice in HS, watched him at Mempis whenever I could catch a game and now this. Barton has a real nice handle, good athlete, tough as a coffin nail. What's not to like?! The Bulls will regret passing on him... himand Rose would be nice together. Portland has got to be feeling great right now with the idea of him and Lilliard growing together in that backcourt with LA upfront already.
Will played all over the floor at Memphis, shooting from deep, and also rebounding and blocking shots but he was mainly a shooting guard.
He reminds me a little of Latrell Sprewell. Great motor, can play the whole game, and score/slash even though he is not a pure shooter. If he can work on gaining muscle and locking down on defense WB will be the steal of the draft.
I like the Blazers' picks. Will should be very good, Lillard is getting some ROY buzz, and Meyers Leonard should fit in well next to LMA. The youth movement is definitely in full swing in Portland. If I were them I would play the young guys (along with LMA and Batum) as much as possible, and not worry as much about making the playoffs. Then get another good draft pick or sign a banger for a backup power forward who can also play some stretch five.
If I were them I would look ahead to '13 to start making a legit run. They are probably a couple of pieces short but I like the way things are going.
I think Barton could be a Marquis Daniels-type of player in the NBA. A good pick-and-roll combo guard who can get in the lane, score from the mid-range, and play solid defense. He is a very versatile player and I fully expect him to find a spot in Portland's rotation sooner rather than later.
I don't see how Will's game and Jamaal's aren't similar. Like I said, Jamaal doesn't have the defensive desire or nose for the ball the Will have, but their offensive game is similar. Jamaal had more assists in college because he handled it far more often. Will played a large portion of the year off-ball which is why his FG% was so high as he was getting a lot of cuts and back door lobs to go along with several points off of rebounds. But the thing people never really saw was the lashy Will "The Thrill" Baron that was so highly touted coming out of HS. Jamaal does have a tighter handle I agree, but i wouldn't say his handle was head and shoulders above Will's when he was younger.
Note, that while Jamaal was always a guy who could do some things with the ball, it wasn't until the past 4-5 years that really became an impact player. Not to mention that the reason he shoots such a low FG% is because of how ball dominant he is due to never being expected to learn off-ball play like Will has with Memphis thanks to playing beside of Joe Jackson. I fully expect Will to show more of his flashy play in the NBA than he did in college. Not to mention that he will be playing beside of a PG who would actually probably play at his best beside of a 2 that likes to handle the ball and create shots for himself and others.
I could really see Barton becoming a surprise the way Rondo did with Boston, and making several GM's regret missing out on him.
Pro-am games are worthless. He's not that nice.
Pro-Am games don't show much, but it does show that a player has NBA level skills and confidence. Barton is no superstar, but he's a far better player than he showed in college. He has NBA level passing/atheleticism and developing ballhandling skills. Look for him to have a better NBA career than collegiate.
Barton won Conference Player of the Year in college. He lead his team in scoring his first two years. He lead his team in rebounding his second year. Memphis went to the NCAAs both years though lost in first round. Still, the guy was really really good in college. He would have to be an All Star at the NBA level to have a better career because he was a star as a sophmore.