Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced today.
Over 81 games Barnes, 20, has averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.8 minutes.
Among rookie leaders, he ranked fifth in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 10th in field goal percentage (.439) and seventh in three-point percentage (.359).
The 6’8” forward started all 81 games in which he appeared, trailing only NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard (82) in number of games started by a rookie this season.
In the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Barnes is currently averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 39.1 minutes in 10 games.
Over the first four games of the team’s current Conference Semifinals series against San Antonio, the Ames, IA, native is averaging 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 44.5 minutes per contest.
Barnes recorded a career-high (playoff or regular season) 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors 97-87 overtime victory over the Spurs in Game 4 on Sunday, May 12.
Barnes is the first Warriors rookie with a 25-point, 10-rebound game in the playoffs since Billy Owens (25 points, 11 rebounds) in 1992, and the first to do so in the second round or later since Mitch Richmond (25 points, 13 rebounds) in 1989.
In Game 5 at Denver, Barnes totaled 23 points and a playoff career-best nine rebounds hitting a career-high five three-pointers on 10 attempts in 41 minutes.
The seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Barnes is just the second player in the last nine seasons to earn First Team All-Rookie honors and advance to the Conference Semifinals in the same season, joining San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, who did so in 2011-12.
On 10/31 at Phoenix Barnes made his NBA debut, totaling six points and three rebounds and becoming the youngest Warrior (20 years, 154 days) to start a season opener since Joe Smith (20 years, 100 days) started on 11/3/95 at Houston.
Barnes was selected as a starter for Team SHAQ in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend, tallying 12 points in 19 minutes.
This marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Warriors have had a First Team All-Rookie selection, as Barnes follows in the footsteps of Stephen Curry (2009-10) and Klay Thompson (2011-12). Including starting center Andrew Bogut (2005-06), four of Golden State’s current starting five were named First Team All-Rookie.
Warriors rookies Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green both received one Second Team vote each.