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Will Barton
SG/SF - 6'5, 181lbs - 33 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Free agent - Acquired via trade in February 2015
  • Birthdate: 01/06/1991
  • Drafted (NBA): 40th pick, 2012
  • Pre-draft team: Memphis
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Aaron Goodwin (Goodwin Sports Management)
2012 NBA DraftNBADrafted 40th overall by Portland.
14th July, 2012NBASigned a partially guaranteed three year contract with Portland, for $550,000 in the first season and the final two seasons at the minimum salary.
7th December, 2012D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
9th December, 2012D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
6th January, 2013D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
9th January, 2013D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Idaho Stampede of the D-League.
19th February, 2015NBATraded by Portland, along with Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a protected 2016 first round pick (#19, Malik Beasley), to Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.
23rd July, 2015NBARe-signed by Denver to a three year, $10.6 million contract.
9th July, 2018NBARe-signed by Denver to a four year, $53 million contract. Included player option for 2021/22.
Career Moves
2010 - 2012Memphis (NCAA)
June 2012 - February 2015Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
February 2015 - presentDenver Nuggets (NBA)
Articles about Will Barton

June 29, 2018

Will Barton
SG - 6’6, 190lbs - 27 years old - 6 years of experience

Will Barton, the People’s Champion, is about to get a big pay rise.

This season, Barton played more of a point forward role than ever before. This was fairly new to him, and considering how often this resulted in him basically dribbling the whole shot clock before taking a Barton Shot (defined in Webster’s as “a much tougher shot than Will had to take”), that inexperience shone through. Nevertheless, it is Barton’s ability to hit Barton Shots that makes him the People’s Champion. As a bench scorer and leader, he is quite the potent reserve to bring in.

Asked to play point guard, small forward and reserve shooting guard at the same time, and simultaneously charged with the task of making tough bail-out shots and not taking tough shots in the first place, Barton filled an ill-defined role admirably. Confident as hell, Barton can score in isolation, even if he often shouldn’t, and as he has improved as a shooter, he can do so from all areas. He is much more efficient when he just moves the ball and spots up, as most players are, and much as the Nuggets do sometimes need him to create something as the clock expires, they more often than not do not want that. He just does it of his own volition. But that’s Will Barton. He giveth and he taketh away.

Similarly polarising on defence, where he can either be good or dreadful with little in between, Barton is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a Kobe impression. But if he is not always good value, he is always good fun.

Player Plan: Expiring $3,533,333 contract. Headed towards an eight figure per annum sum, but Denver can only afford it if Faried is moved. Worth re-signing anyway, even in a Nene-like delayed sign-and-trade.

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June 29, 2017

Will Barton
SG, 6’6, 175lbs, 26 years old, 5 years of experience

Two straight years of excellent bench production for relative pittance of a salary have made Barton a vital contributor, mostly in terms of points but also as a fill-in ball handler and playmaker. Can be ball dominant, overly aggressive on offence and a ball stopper, yet can also turn a game doing those exact things when the results go his way. With Chandler in front, Beasley behind ready to grow, plenty of scoring options al-ready on the wing and with his salary surely about to increase significantly, it might be a good time to cash in on Barton. Nevertheless, as things stand, he can also very much be afforded.

Player Plan: One year at $3,533,333 remaining. Eligible for a circa four year, $38 million extension, which is not a bad idea, although neither would a trade be.

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