David Thorpe released start of the season look at the top 10 rookies to hit the NBA. For those who don't have "INSIDER" access to ESPN he list 3 players as "The Elites."
Those elites are:
1) Anthony Davis - NO
2) Damiam Lillard - POR
3) Harrison Barnes - GSW
Thorpe's write up on Barnes:
"Harrison Barnes, SF, Golden State Warriors
Remember the few golden years recently in Golden State, culminating in the playoff upset of the Mavericks in 2007? Well, this team is going to be different, but there might not be a better perimeter shooting group in the starting lineup than what the Warriors can offer with Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Barnes.
The rookie was impressive in Las Vegas and continued to make shots in October. With his defensive upside being so much higher than those other two, Barnes can become the most valuable asset. Even if he were just a defensive player/shooter, that would be the case, but he has a real chance to be the Warriors' top scorer in time. In the short term, his coach is mostly focused on great defending every night, which works well for Barnes"