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Better Know Your New Blazers: #5 Will Barton

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The Skinny:

Will Barton

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Full Name: William Denard Barton

Date/Place of Birth: 1/6/1991-Baltimore, MD
Height/Weight-6’ 6”, 174 lbs

Primary Position: SG

Projected Role: Backup SG, possibly eventually sixth man.

College: Memphis
NBA Draft: Drafted 40th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2012 NBA draft.

Honors: Conference USA Player of the Year (2012)

11-12 NCAA Averages-18 PPG, 8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.1 TOPG, 1.4 SPG. 11-12 College PER: 26.88


Will’s Strengths:

There are many reasons why Barton, once rated the #8 prospect as a HS senior by ESPN, slid this far but whatever the reasons the Blazers may have lucked into a gem.  Barton is a strong offensive player (he shot over 50% last year, amazing for a guard), a big time scorer with good range both from deep and from midrange.  He is relentless on offense, constantly searching for ways to attack and seek an advantage over his opponents.   He is also considered a strong rebounder.  Physically he is long and athletic and has a high motor, at least on offense.  A few NBA scouts compared him to Eric Gordon and while that might be a bit of a stretch, he certainly has the potential to develop into a strong sixth man, something Portland sorely lacks.


Will’s Weaknesses:

As is often the case with players that are relentless on offense, Barton struggles from a lack of focus on defense at times.  While some of this may be physical, he probably needs to get a bit stronger; a lot of it is mental.  A good bit of coaching to get him to provide effort on defense close to what he does on offense could go a long way.  The other problem Barton has is that when his shot is off he tends to try to shoot himself out of the slump by simply shooting the ball as much as possible, whether the resulting shot is a good choice or not.  Being able to filter his shot selection more effectively will be key to Barton’s development.


Blazer Connections:

Coached at Memphis by ex-Blazer Damon Stoudamire


Did You Know?:

Last year Barton became the first Memphis player since Chris Douglas-Roberts in 2008 to win the Conference USA player of the year award.

Barton is a former member of the US Junior National Select Team.

In 2008-09, Barton teamed with his brother Antonio to lead Lake Clifton High School to a perfect 28-0 record and the Maryland state title.


skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).