Kings grades: Harrison Barnes reinvents himself in ninth NBA season

It’s not often that you see a nine-year NBA veteran reinvent his game in the way that Harrison Barnes did in the 2020-21 season. At least not without a major injury forcing the change. 

Known as a quality scorer and solid all-around performer, Barnes made a concerted effort this season to refine his offensive game and add elements that weren’t there before. His value spiked as a result, and the Kings decided to keep him around with the hopes that he can be part of a team that eventually delivers a playoff bid in Sacramento. 

The veteran forward posted his best numbers during his time Sacramento and for now, he appears part of the plan moving forward. Here is a deep dive into Barnes’ second full season in a Kings uniform.

Offense

20-21 Stats: 16.1 points, 3.5 assists, 6.6 rebounds, .7 steals, 49.7% FG, 39.1% 3pt

19-20 Stats: 14.5 points, 2.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds, .6 steals, 46.0% FG, 38.1% 3pt

In his two and a half seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Barnes was used as a volume scorer from all over the court. His shot chart was a mess, including an incredibly large number of shots from the midrange. In 2016-17, Barnes attempted 590 shots from 10 feet to the 3-point line and in 2017-18, he reduced that number to 372. 

This season in Sacramento, Barnes took just 30 total attempts from this range. He either scored inside of 10 feet or…

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