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Is Barnes's draft stock slipping?

12/14/2011

Missed posting this yesterday, but over on the Insider NBA Draft Blog, ESPN's Chad Ford has North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes ranked No. 2 on his top 100 NBA DraftTracker, but writes that the forward may be in danger of slipping.

"North Carolina's Harrison Barnes (Rank: 2) is scoring the basketball -- but he's doing it all through jump shots,'' Ford writes. "He lacks buckets at the rim, doesn't trust his handle, has a horrendous assist ratio (just 5 percent of Barnes' possessions end in an assist) and isn't rebounding (just 6.9 percent of missed shots). Those factors are all causing some alarm. If Barnes is just a jump shooter ... is he really worth a pick this high? A few GMs have Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and even Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ranked higher. We're not moving him off No. 2 yet, but he's in a tenuous position."

Just 10 games into the season, it's too early for Barnes supporters to panic, yet. He still leads the team in scoring, and has made it a goal to try to draw more contact and get to the free throw line more. And remember: he played his best basketball last season (and made his best improvements) once ACC play began. Is he more than a jump shooter? He still has time to show it.

Also worth noting: John Henson currently ranks No. 9 in Ford's Top 100, Tyler Zeller is No. 17, James Michael McAdoo is No. 21, Kendall Marshall is No. 31, and P.J. Hairston is No. 35.

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