2. F Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes has been a crucial part of this Kings’ attack each and every night. His consistent 15 PPG on 47% shooting has helped this offense in more ways that imaginable. No, he’s not a star, but he’s a solid third scoring option. Barnes will be a free agent after this season.
Now, let me preface by saying he might get a nice paycheck this offseason that the Kings won’t be willing to match, and that’s okay. Yes, he’s earned a spot on this team next year, but the question remains whether or not McNair and company will want to upgrade this off-season.
However, this year Barnes has provided some much-needed experience. He’s one of the only players on the roster with postseason experience, with a few deep runs during his time with the Golden State Warriors. He won a championship with the Dubs in 2015.
The storyline may already be out if it ends up being the Warriors facing the Sacramento Kings in the first round, as Barnes would be matched up against his former squad. Not like this team needs any, but some extra motivation never hurts.
Like I mentioned previously, I don’t know what the price tag is for Harrison Barnes this off-season. It’s not too far-fetched to think that Kings GM Monte McNair may want to upgrade at the small forward position. However, he’s certainly done enough to stay on the team if the finances check out.