Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes played just six minutes in the Warriors’ preseason opener, a 94-81 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday. According to head coach Mark Jackson, the limited minutes were because of left foot inflammation.
According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, Barnes did not travel with the Warriors to Utah to play the Jazz, but if it were a regular season games, Barnes would have made the trip.
Losing Barnes, who was excellent as a rookie last season, isn’t the worse thing that could happen due to the signing of all-star swingman Andre Iguodala. Obviously, the Warriors likely plan to play both talented players together for stretches, but either is capable of playing alongside the Warriors’ superstar backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Clearly, Jackson would like to figure out the Warriors’ rotation during the preseason and see how Barnes and Iguodala play together, but there probably isn’t much to worry about unless Barnes starts missing time during the regular season.
Barnes averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 81 games for the Warriors last season. He upped those averages to 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the postseason.