Golden State Warriors rookie small forward Harrison Barnes and shooting guard Klay Thompson have both been invited to the USA Basketball Select Team camp this summer in Las Vegas. There is no question Barnes and Thompson deserve the invite after their solid performances for the Warriors during the 2012-13 NBA season.
Barnes, who was selected seventh overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, had an outstanding first year at the professional level. The 21-year-old averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.4 minutes per game during the regular season. He also averaged 43.9 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc in 81 starts. For his great effort, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Barnes stepped it up big time in the postseason after Golden State clinched their first playoff berth in six years. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 38.4 minutes per game. He also converted 44.4 percent of his 13.5 field goal attempts per game and 36.5 percent of his shots from 3-point range. There is no doubt his performance was a huge reason why the Warriors almost defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Thompson stepped his game up across the board in his second season in the NBA. He averaged 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 35.8 minutes per game in 82 starts. He also shot 42.2 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point land.
Thompson may not have scored as many points in the playoffs, but his shooting numbers certainly improved. He averaged 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 41.3 minutes per game. Meanwhile, he converted 43.7 percent of his 14.5 shot attempts per game and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The numbers do not lie for either player, which is why Team USA would like to get a good look at them in person in Las Vegas. Barnes and Thompson will undergo three days of training and exercise that will be topped off with a USA Basketball Showcase game on July 25. This is a chance for them to be a part of something special when Team USA plays in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.