Young SF's in play-offs?
So their is Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Harrison Barnes all moving on into the 2nd round of play-offs with their teams, was wondering how you think these young bucks will go in round 2 and how these experience will progress them next season?
Can George compete with Anthony and how do you think Barnes offense will go against Leonard"s defense?
Harrison Barnes is a future star in this league. He has the jump shot, athleticism, a future lock down defender and a wide array of jab steps, and hesitations to create space for a jumper or a drive to the lane. I say this because I really don't find Kawhi Leonard being the franchise cornerstone that Pops always says about him. I see a very good complimentary piece, but a franchise player is not in his ceiling. Barnes has soo much more potential that Kawhi, but he too doesn't have the title of a future franchise cornerstone. However, he has the makings of a excellent franchise piece. I'm a bit hesitant to give Kawhi the same franchise peace label tho. I know I'm going off topic but its something I just wanted to say this as we witness two young small forwards(besides Kevin Durant) on very good teams from the Western Conference.
With that being said, Barnes will have a tough series with Kawhi guarding him. I agree Harrsion has a higher ceiling, but Kawhi is one of the better wing defenders in the league and at this point he's a better defender than Harrision is a scorer. Definitely will be a fun matchup to keep an eye on though.
That would be entirely true, except many people still rate Klay Thompson as a bigger offensive threat than Barnes, and consequently he tends to draw the best wing defender. Also, if Jackson continues to play small-ball and start Jack, I could see Leonard picking up Curry and letting Parker guard Jack instead of having Parker chase Curry off all those screens.
This is exactly what happened in the last series, the best defenders (Iggy) guarded Curry/Thompson, and Barnes was able to exploit the wing who was left to defend him.
It'd be nice if we saw more head-to-head match-ups at positions, but coaches are far too creative (and wary of fouls) to allow those sorts of battles for full games.
Barnes is going to have another good series IMO, but not so good that he'll draw the attention of Kawhi.
Don't forget about Jimmy butler, though he's not there normal starter, he's been getting lots of playing time and will probably have to defend the greatest player in the world for a good chunk of time per game. Deng will hopefully be ready though. I love Georges play and if he can defend well, he'd be the key factor in that series. Playoff experience is always great for young players in my opinion or at least it shows them how the level of play has to go to an extra level to compete.
That's what came to mind too.
Jimmy played all 48 in the absence of Deng and played fantastic D on D-Will and especially JJ who had a night to forget.
I just read an article regarding the MVP Voting and they said after LBJ and KD there is a giant gap in the league at the 3 spot what is basically true but the 2 guards are even worse right now.
Great to see all the young players above having success with their teams!
I'm very impressed with Barnes so far. The longer this season goes the more I like his game. He reminds me of Jeff Green in his early seasons. Can handle big minutes and does everything good but nothing outstanding. Plays like a proven player and I really hope he can move on in the 2nd Round.
In general the SF matchups are really interesting in the 2nd Round!!!
What about Melo? He's really not that far off KD and Lebron the way he's playing this season.
I think it is just more telling that you need a DTA (Defense, Threes, Athleticism) guy on your team. Spurs have Leonard. Thunder have Durant. Heat have Lebron. Warriors have Barnes. Pacers have George. Bulls have Butler. Grizzlies have Tony Allen/Tayshaun Prince. The only team that doesn't really have it is NYK, since Melo isn't great on defense.
Also, Durant isn't a great defender by any means yet, he's still quite slow laterally, Parsons was able to attack him at will in that series.
I really like what I've seen out of Harrison Barnes as well since these playoffs started.
Paul George been ballin all season.
While I admit Barnes has played well in the playoffs but I think he is getting a bit too much hype on here.
Yes he did have 2 X 20+ games in 6 playoff games (45%), but he only had 3 X 20+ games in the entire season. (one against denver)
I am looking forward to Kawhi and the spurs defence shut him down..... neg away since Barnes is now flavor of the week