The Sickest Athletes of the 2012 NBA Draft
Our eight favorite NBA draft picks, and the highlight videos that prove why they deserve multi-million-dollar contracts.
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors) 7th pick overall
College: North Carolina
Weight: 228 lbs.
While he’s constantly compared to silky smooth finesse scorer (and one-time Sarah Palin fling) Glen Rice, Harrison Barnes proved that he’s more than just a long-range shooter at this year’s Draft Combine. The Tarheel forward was a flat-out physical freak; he posted the highest standing vertical leap (38 inches), the fastest three-quarter court sprint time (3.16 seconds), and benched an impressive 15 reps of 185 pounds. The performance likely kept Barnes in the top 10, as he will be in the mix for a starting gig on the Warriors.
Barnes has great size for a small forward, coupled with his seven-foot wingspan. His long arms and sky-high release equate for a nearly unguardable mid-range jumper, which should make for a reliable move in transition (a la Kevin Durant), thanks to Barnes’ elite speed. His faults are glaring (lacks playmaking ability as a ball-handler and passer), but Barnes should serve as a potent wing player with Stephen Curry dishing out the love.