Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which Monte Poole will highlight a different Warriors player every day leading up to the start of training camp.
Player: Harrison Barnes
Position: Small forward
Salary: $3.87 million, final season of rookie deal signed in 2012. An extension is being discussed. The deadline for such a deal is Oct. 31.
2014-15 in review: Barnes had something of a renaissance last season. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft was reinstalled into the starting lineup and generally flourished. He also played meaningful minutes at power forward and held up well.
Yet his game continued to have appreciable highs and lows. There were times when Barnes took over games, especially on offense, lifting the Warriors to victory. There were other times when he was utterly invisible.
Coach Steve Kerr put Barnes back into the starting lineup, replacing Andre Iguodala, mostly because Iguodala is a better leader for the second unit than Barnes – while Barnes is a better fourth option on offense. It worked magnificently.
2015-16 outlook: Barnes will continue to search for more consistency. Is he forever destined to be streaky? Or can he achieve more reliable production?
Barnes will continue to be the fourth option – behind guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green – but HB’s value will be defined by his versatility and his ability to hit his shots from deep.
The Warriors have been patient with Barnes; Green (taken in the second round of the same draft) has proven himself and was paid accordingly, a five-year extension worth $82 million. Barnes is not in line for a similarly lavish deal but easily could land a deal north of $10 million per season.