Barnes netted 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and had nine rebounds in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.
People were skeptical about Barnes after he got paid by the Mavericks, and his preseason shooting probably didn't help. This is only one game, but at least Barnes was able to perform adequately in his debut, including shooting well.
Barnes tallied eight points (1-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and three rebounds across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 106-91 preseason loss to the Rockets.
Barnes has yet to miss a single free throw over six preseason games, but that's about the only spot where he's shown even an ounce of efficiency. The 24-year-old has wilted at the prospect of taking on a larger role with the Mavericks, hitting 3-of-16 (18.7%) attempts from three-point range and 12-of-51 shots (23.5%) overall. The Mavericks won't overreact to a small preseason sample, but it may be hard for fantasy owners to justify selecting the slumping Barnes based on where his average draft position has landed.
Barnes provided three points (1-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt), two assists, two rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes during Monday's 95-88 exhibition win over the Hornets.
We've seen these sorts of shooting lines from Barnes before during his time with the Warriors, but with the Mavericks counting on him to take on a larger offensive role than he has at any previous point in his career, he'll need to show more consistency with his stroke from downtown. While Barnes won't see much of a jump in minutes in his new locale, he'll benefit from a decent uptick in field-goal and free-throw attempts, which will likely be accompanied by a dropoff in his overall efficiency.
Barnes said Monday that he expects to see "a lot" of time at power forward this season, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
Barnes is locked into a starting role at small forward, but on occasions when Dirk Nowitzki or Dwight Powell play center, Barnes could slide over to the other forward spot in small-ball lineups, much like he often did with the Warriors last season. Whatever position he plays shouldn't have a dramatic impact on Barnes' fantasy output, as the increased shot attempts he'll receive in Dallas will be the main driver of his value.
After the Warriors received a commitment from Kevin Durant earlier Monday, they no longer had a need for Barnes or the money to afford him, so they allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. He already had an agreement in place with the Mavericks contingent on Durant signing with the Warriors, so Barnes didn't have to wait long to find a new team. With the Mavericks, Barnes should instantly claim the starting spot at small forward, and could represent one of the team's top scoring threats. He averaged a career-best 11.7 points to go with 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 three-pointers in 2015-16, and his numbers in all categories could be on the rise now that he no longer has to defer to the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
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