Will Barton (DEN) – “Thrill” | “The People’s Champ”
Shooting Guard: 6’6, 175 lbs; 6th year, Memphis
NBA Role: versatile, scoring wing • Star UnderDOG
A former second-rounder outta Memphis, Will Barton has taken the league by storm in Denver; an energetic, skilled and explosive scoring wing, Barton is must-see TV on a nightly basis – seriously, DEN is a league pass team because of Will alone; appropriately nicknamed ‘Thrill,’ Barton is liable to rock you and score on one end, get a monster block on the other end and then annihilate you w/ a cruel flush; one of the league’s best wing attackers off the bench: Barton is aggressive off screens & curls, torpedoes to the cup if there’s any room*; good rebounder – uses his length and athleticism to sky for tough boards; much improved long-range shooter; still a bit wild & erratic as a primary decision-maker – once he tones it down a bit, we could see another evolution in his game; Sixth Man of the Year candidate – will Mike Malone give Barton full second-unit control in 2018?
*Nuggets ramp up the pace and cater to Barton’s strengths (slashing, curl scoring, transition scoring) when he’s on the floor
Signature Move: behind the back, tough layup
(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 78
Couple DOG Facts:
Career: 9.1 points/game, 3.6 rebounds/game, 43% FG
C-USA Player of the Year (2012)
Pro-Am Legend – once scored 72 points in a game (2012)*
Avg. career-high 14.4 points/game (2015-16)
- *2012 was a good year for Barton!
More on “Thrill”
- “Thrill Ride” – The ‘People’s Champ’ activated his sharpshooter tag in this one (via DownToBuck; Dec. 2015):