For the 2012-2013 Golden State Warriors the starting lineup is all set except for at the small forward spot. The battle is between veteran Brandon Rush and first round draft pick Harrison Barnes. It becomes the question of will head coach Mark Jackson value experience over promise?
Rush is a very good complementary player whether he starts or comes off the bench. He had a career season with the Warriors in 2011-2012 averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, on 50.1 percent shooting, 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line.
He scored a season high 23 points in a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, grabbed 11 rebounds in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and dished out four assists twice both times in losses once to the Milwaukee Bucks and the other time to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Also, he made a number of highlight blocks.
In his career he averages 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, on 43.9 percent shooting, 41.3 percent from the three-point line and 72 percent from the free throw line.
His strengths are his defense, three-point shooting and mid-range game. The weaknesses for is that he doesn’t drive to the hoop often though he did get better at it during the season and will need to increase his rebounding.
What Barnes will give starting is a better scoring threat because he handles the ball well and can get to the rim, yet he’s not as efficient and isn’t the defensive player that Rush is, which is why it makes more sense to have Barnes be the sixth man as he strengthens an already solid bench.
Expect Rush as the starter to average 10-12 points, 4-6 rebounds, 1-2 assists, on 48-51 percent shooting, 42-46 percent from three and 80-82 percent from the free throw line.
The lineup for the 2012-2013 will then be PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Rush, PF David Lee and C Andrew Bogut.
Here’s a highlight of an outstanding block by Rush:
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