Harrison Barnes to start at small forward for Warriors this season

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes will look to make an immediate impact.

The Golden State Warriors won't waste any time in getting rookie Harrison Barnes involved, as he will start at small forward for the team this season. Barnes gets the nod over veteran sharpshooter Brandon Rush, according the CSN Bay Area. Rush will still get plenty of time backing up the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Barnes got plenty of time to show his abilities against NBA talent in the preseason, as he averaged 25 minutes per game in eight contests. The first-year player out of North Carolina played well in that time, putting up 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and hitting 49 percent of his shots.

Along with the second-year guard out of Washington State, Klay Thompson, the Warriors will now see their last two lottery picks in the starting lineup. Stephen Curry, another Warriors No. 1 pick in 2009, and David Lee are the other known starters. Golden State is still waiting for Andrew Bogut to return from injury to determine who gets the call at center.

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