How Good Can Will Barton Be?
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  1. Gsmitty
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    Posted 09/02/2012 3:37 AM

    I think Barton cracks the rotation and plays solidly in severely limited minutes. Longterm Barton has All-Star Potential IMO. He is a natural scorer, his scoring seems to be greater than the sum of the different parts of his game. But he also rebounds well and has good, if sporadic, court vision and passing instincts. The real selling point for me is how competitive Barton is, and the way he improved his numbers at Memphis from his freshman to sophomore seasons. How good do you think Barton can be?

  1. jwalk5255
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    Posted 09/02/2012 3:03 PM

    I think he could be great! Put him in SF and SG rotation
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 09/02/2012 4:28 PM

    I like him at the sf position, but because of his rebounding and ball handling,he might also turn out to be a great point forward.
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  1. DamianLilard
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    Posted 09/02/2012 8:53 PM

    we will have our own 2012 rookies all-star trio if barton can be a star player someday
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 09/03/2012 10:27 AM

    I like Barton but I have to worry about him playing SF with his tiny frame. He certainly seems skilled enough but he needs to show Hamilton/ Iverson toughness to thrive. Either that or add at least 20 pounds.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 09/04/2012 10:33 AM

    I have high expectations from Barton. He's got a great skillset and motor. My hope for him is that his mental game is stable. He'll benefit from having Wesley on the squad and I think he'll get a lot of minutes this season. If he bonds with his teammates, he'll be a great asset. Just listening to him talk the few times I've heard him, seems like a long time since he's laughed. Very serious young man who's overcome pitfalls all throughout his life. Hopefully the Blazer family will bring him stability and comradery.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 09/04/2012 11:23 AM

    It will be between Barton and Claver for the last game jersey.

    I like the tenacity Barton has and skinny didn't stop Rip Hamelton or T. Prince... Barton plays passing lanes and averaged 8 boards a game at college and is a true 6 6... small forward is a reach but if we go small his ability to board it help his cause.

    I hope he gets a game jersey
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 09/04/2012 12:23 PM

    I see Barton dressing before Claver
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 09/05/2012 5:27 AM

    I see Barton being that one player that does what the team needs, if we need rebounds, he'll get rebounds if we need ball movement and assists, he get teammates involved, if we need scoring, he'll get buckets I think he can be our Swiss army knife and as the years go on and he keeps improving I see him hovering around triple-doubles. 
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 09/05/2012 3:51 PM

    I like that CarlJ1... Swiss Army Knife.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 09/05/2012 4:15 PM

    hopefully barton can play significant minutes behind batum. backup 3 is a glaring weakness, but batum didnt have his contract matched to leave many minutes so im hoping will can play some 2 behind wes. either way, dont count out elliot. dude has crazy potential if he stays healthy, which i think he will. and maann, a point forward would be a nice option to have, having lillard and barton on the floor. dame can catch and shoot no doubt.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 09/05/2012 6:03 PM

    For the money we're paying Nic, I want him to earn it this season with major minutes. He's young and has lot to prove. Barton, Claver and Williams are capable of playing multiple positions. So is Jeffries and Pavlovich...I don't see the glaring weakness at the 3 unless you're talking about Babbit. Then I agree. One reason I'm glad Kaleb didn't get the job is his attachment to Babbit. I think Claver can school Luke all day long. If you keep Luke, he's at the end of the bench and brought out to shoot 3s when there's a need. I see him shooting them in Idaho though.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 09/05/2012 8:41 PM

    Posted By riverman on 09/05/2012 6:03 PM
    For the money we're paying Nic, I want him to earn it this season with major minutes. He's young and has lot to prove. Barton, Claver and Williams are capable of playing multiple positions. So is Jeffries and Pavlovich...I don't see the glaring weakness at the 3 unless you're talking about Babbit. Then I agree. One reason I'm glad Kaleb didn't get the job is his attachment to Babbit. I think Claver can school Luke all day long. If you keep Luke, he's at the end of the bench and brought out to shoot 3s when there's a need. I see him shooting them in Idaho though.

    Nic is going to kill it this year... 23 and ready for a feature roll on both ends.

    If Barton gets a jersey he will have to play some 3

    Babbit, Pavolich and Claver will be in suits on game day if Barton gets a jersey... so our back up 3s consist of E Williams, Barton, and Jefferies

    12 man roster below if Barton gets last game jersey and we go with 3 point guards
    Freeland/Leonard
    LMA/Hickson/Jefferies
    Batum/Barton/
    Mathews/EWill/
    Lillard/Price/No Smith
    --------------------------------------------------
    Claver, Babbitt, Sasha round out the 15 spots 

    does that sound about right?
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 09/05/2012 8:44 PM

    LMA
    Hickson
    Batum
    Barton
    Lillard

    I like this lineup for up tempo attack mode
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  1. blazerbaldy
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    Posted 09/06/2012 8:54 AM

    I believe that Barton will surprise a lot of people this year.  He seems to have good court awareness and is a good passer off the drive.  He seems to have a nose for the ball both in the passing lanes and off the boards.  That he is a slasher who is not afraid to go the basket is something the Blazers need. i believe he will prove to be a better 3pt shooter than he is currently credited for and that will open up the insde for the bigs and also allow Barton to drive and dish. I think he will break into the rotation.  I am looking forward to the season and all the possibilities that exist for this team.  It will take awhile for all the pieces to mesh but I believe it will be an exciting season to watch this team grow.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 09/06/2012 10:30 AM

    I would like to see Barton do what Iverson did and use ankle, elbow and thigh braces to avoid injury being small for his position. Elliot Williams too. Insurance against injury. Also starting a campaign to bring back high top shoes to support ankles. Especially for big players. I think the kid is a beast on the court, but he's going to get clocked a lot as a rookie against vets. My impression is he's tough enough to take it.
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 09/06/2012 3:36 PM

    Posted By riverman on 09/06/2012 10:30 AM
    I would like to see Barton do what Iverson did and use ankle, elbow and thigh braces to avoid injury being small for his position. Elliot Williams too. Insurance against injury. Also starting a campaign to bring back high top shoes to support ankles. Especially for big players. I think the kid is a beast on the court, but he's going to get clocked a lot as a rookie against vets. My impression is he's tough enough to take it.

    I agree about using braces, and Barton would look good in some body armor for is arms.  It will be interesting how well he can hang with bigger stronger players

    I wonder if Oden wore knee pads like Ewing and Hakeem used along with most of the other big men... if he would of broke his cap
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/11/2012 12:37 PM

    He reminds me a lot of Larry Hughes during his time with the Wizards. They both are very wiry players who have long arms and play the passing lanes exceptionally well. During his prime years (all during a three-year span with the Wiz), Hughes would get you about 18 points, 5-6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. I think whenever Will hits his prime, those are the type of numbers he could realistically hit.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 09/11/2012 2:12 PM

    Posted By D Licious on 09/05/2012 8:44 PM
    LMA
    Hickson
    Batum
    Barton
    Lillard

    I like this lineup for up tempo attack mode


    This would be a real quick squad. Although id love to see Leonard & L.A. sprinting down the middle of the floor, while Batum and Barton fill the wings and D. Lill making the right plays.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 09/11/2012 6:13 PM

    We're about to find out. Just announced EWill to undergo torn achilles surgery
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  1. Gsmitty
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    Posted 09/11/2012 7:34 PM

    Barton should get a chance to really show his stuff. Pencil him in as the back up shooting guard.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 09/11/2012 8:51 PM

    I threw up a little in my mouth driving home from work tonight when i heard this. I still would like to see Wesley come off the bench to anchor our bench.
    Bench:
    Nolan/Price
    Wesley
    Sasha/Claver/Babbit
    JJ
    Leonard

    I like Sasha. He's got a grit about him that i like and he's unafraid.
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 09/12/2012 6:40 PM

    Great Comparison Dhawes :)
    I think he can put up those kinda numbers and play similar LHughes too hopefully better shooting numbers though.
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  1. mpaull82
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    Posted 09/15/2012 3:58 PM

    Barton will have a jersey unless blazers are dumb like the past but i know these new guys in charge will get it done cause they are dang smart guys
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 09/16/2012 10:23 AM

    Sure thing now that EWill went down... Barton was in many mocks going to Bulls in first round, I think his skinny is why he slipped.. So me personally, I'm glad he is skinny haha 8 boards a game skinny

    the 72 points he put up was all street ball action, with NBA talent was an eye opener... I like his confidence.

    Wesley is tougher on D and he is a better spacer for the first Unit IMO my comeback player of the year... that said I think Barton will play a role this year, just not sure when and where.

    Bring on the Lakers!
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