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LAS VEGAS -- I thought Harrison Barnes was likely going to be the best or second-best player in the...

LAS VEGAS -- I thought Harrison Barnes was likely going to be the best or second-best player in the 2012 draft and should have gone second overall on draft night. Nothing I saw Friday changed my mind. Barnes showed off so much of his polished game -- from the occasional post-up to a strong perimeter game. We saw him defend point guards with ease, and it was a reason why he totaled only two rebounds. He still has a lot of growing to do -- more slashes, more offensive-rebound crashes and more full-court dashes would be a great start. But when 6-foot-8 athletes have skill and feel, they are in rare company. Combine it with Barnes' overall basketball IQ and it can become special. I tweeted that I expect him to one day be on Team USA, and I think he projects to be an All-Star small forward. That can happen only if he stays hungry.

David Thorpe remains Harrison Barnes' number one fan.
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