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Will Barton | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/6/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 175
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (10) / POR
Contract: view contract details

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Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.
With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Oct 18 - 10:55 PM

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Will Barton will start on Friday against the Warriors.

He's making a case to start for the regular season and may be the favorite right now. Barton is one of the more well-rounded offensive players on the Nuggets, but his minutes and stat output will be slightly limited due to Denver's depth.
Oct 14 - 7:25 PM

Will Barton will rest on Wednesday against the Wolves.

He's been effective in the starting lineup, but the Nuggets will look to get more wing minutes out of their rookies. With Gary Harris (groin) out, Barton is on the map as a late-round flier.
Oct 12 - 6:42 PM

Will Barton scored 20 points in a start at shooting guard on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

Coach Mike Malone could be open to pushing Barton to a starting role with Gary Harris (groin) out. The Nuggets do have a lot of depth, so the need for Will The Thrill to come off the bench isn't as much. Danilo Gallinari (rest) was out for this game, so Barton is still on the outside looking in as a late-round flier.
Oct 8 - 1:09 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Lakers on Friday.

Barton only made one start last year, so coach Mike Malone is going to mix it up here. Expect to see a number of combinations this preseason to help offset the loss of Gary Harris (groin)
Oct 7 - 10:14 PM

According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, multiple teams have called the Nuggets about Will Barton.

It's not clear if the Nuggets have made him available, but the report adds that teams have been offering them first-round picks. He has two years left on his deal for a total of around $7 million, so his contract is an absolute bargain. Barton will have trouble matching his minutes from last season with Jamal Murray in the mix and Wilson Chandler (hip) returning from injury, so we won't recommend drafting him until his situation improves. Gary Harris is the SG for fantasy owners to target in Denver.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 28 - 1:29 AM

Will Barton's slump continued on Saturday, scoring just two points on 0-of-9 shooting from the field with three assists, one board, one block and one steal in 21 minutes.

He had a dream matchup with the Kings, so this is very disappointing. He was 0-of-8 from the field in his previous outing and is obviously ice cold right now. Barton is capable of posting some monster lines when he's on, but he's also capable of some major duds as well. The Nuggets play just three times next week, so he's not a must-own player unless he heats up again.
Apr 3 - 12:20 AM

Will Barton missed all eight shots from the field and went 6-of-7 from the line for six points against the Pelicans on Thursday, adding three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers.

Just when it looked like he was rolling, Barton puts up one of his worst games of the season. He also had an 0-of-3 line back on Mar. 23 just before his nice run. Barton gets a wonderful matchup against the Kings on Saturday.
Apr 1 - 12:16 AM

Will Barton dropped 25 points in 33 minutes on Wednesday, making 6-of-12 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one block.

Before the game coach Mike Malone heaped praise on Barton, calling him a candidate for Most Improved Player as well as Sixth Man of the Year. "He has obliterated all of his previous career highs and season highs, and he's been a mainstay for us off the bench," Malone said. Barton didn't take off immediately after Danilo Gallinari's injury, but he is heating up with averages of 19.3 points, 2.8 triples, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his past four games.
Mar 30 - 10:59 PM

Will Barton scored 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting in a 97-88 loss to the Mavericks on Monday.

He was solid tonight and added eight boards, two assists and five triples in 32 minutes. Barton will post a dud every once in a while, but he has averages of 16.2 points, 4.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.2 triples over his last five games, shooting 55.8 percent from the field in that span. Pick him up if he's somehow still available in your league.
Mar 29 - 12:03 AM

Will Barton scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting Sunday, to go with three boards, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in 30 minutes.

Consistency tends to be an issue with Will the Thrill, although he's been playing better over his past four games owning averages of 14.5 points, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists and 1.5 triples on 57.9 percent shooting, which has been good enough for late-round value in standard leagues. The Nuggets play four games next week, with one of those games coming on a light, six-game Thursday night, so Barton could be worth swooping up if he was dropped during the cold streak.
Mar 27 - 6:53 PM

Will Barton scored 16 points with five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Friday.

It's been up and down all month since Danilo Gallinari (ankle) went down. Barton still has a big upside for any given game, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 2:03 AM

Will Barton missed all three shots from the field and made both free throws for two points against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists and five turnovers.

It's his second game without a field goal make this month and Barton continues to kill his fantasy owners. He still hasn't seen a dip in playing time, so fantasy owners might want to hang in there. That said, he's not a must-own player anymore because owners should have a "what have you done for me lately" mentality.
Mar 24 - 12:32 AM

Will Barton scored 27 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

Finally. Barton was having a horrendous March before this game, making just 38.8 percent from the field with averages of 11.0 points, 6.0 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys in his previous 20. He scored 29 points in his last game against the Cavs and apparently likes going against LeBron and company. He should still be owned in standard leagues with his added opportunity.
Mar 21 - 10:00 PM

Will Barton said he takes pride in being a closer for the Nuggets.

"I take pride in being a crunch-time player and a player that is a closer," Barton said. "Fourth quarter, that is when the game matters the most. That’s when it’s man time." Barton is 12th in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring at 6.0 points per game, and he's a top candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. He's also been very inconsistent, but he's still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 20 - 9:30 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Jamal Murray
4Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Juan Hernangomez
PF1Nikola Jokic
2Kenneth Faried
3Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic