Regular Season: 63 games, 40 starts, 9.9 points (43/34/73 shooting splits), 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 12.0 PER, 3.5 Win Shares
Playoffs: 13 games, 13 starts, 9.4 points (42/31/68 shooting splits), 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 9.7 PER, 0.4 Win Shares
He’s the only player to have suited up for every California based franchise.
Matt Barnes played decent for the first half of the season and truly showed his value in the second half. Once he got past nagging injuries, trade rumors and eventually replaced Jared Dudley in the starting lineup, Barnes contributed to a second-half of the season record 29 wins and 11 losses. From February 21 to the end of the regular season, Barnes averaged 13.7 points per game, and shot 49.1 percent from the field in addition to 37.7 percent from three-point range. His contributions to the second-half of the Clippers season were invaluable. Without a consistent starting lineup for most of the year, Barnes’ defensive prowess and shooting proved to be exactly what the Clippers needed to keep thriving. He would score 10 points or more in 20 of 26 games with the Clippers going 18-2.
With a rejuvenated shooting touch from deep, Matt Barnes must be relocated to a reserve role. Barnes’ energy is infectious and his commitment to the defensive end is something the Clippers will need moving forward. He’s become a better shooter, but he’s still not consistent from deep as he’s more of a streaky shooter. Barnes really doesn’t need to change much about his game for the Clippers. He’s willing to make the extra pass, is a great finisher on the break and a tenacious defender. While many other players will need to improve various deficiencies over the summer, Barnes just needs to make sure he shows up with the same skill, attitude and drive that has kept him in the league.