William “The Thrill” Norman Barton III (born January 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Memphis, where he won the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012. He was selected with the 40th pick of the 2012 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
|No. 5 – Denver Nuggets|
|Position||Small Forward / Shooting guard|
|Born||January 6, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||181 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Brewster Academy|
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012–2015||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Barton, the No. 6-rated player in the nation in 2010, attended four schools in five years. He started his basketball career at Baltimore City College, a public college preparatory high school, for two years before reclassifying and transferring to National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland to repeat his sophomore year. Barton then enrolled at Baltimore's Lake Clifton Eastern High School for his junior year. Then as a senior in 2009–10, he attended Brewster Academy. Barton was rated the best shooting guard by Scout.com and ESPN.com in 2010. Barton chose Memphis over Arizona, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, and Villanova.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Baltimore, Maryland||Brewster Academy||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||Jun 6, 2009|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 97|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12 Rivals: 11 ESPN: 8|
Barton came to Memphis in 2010 and played every game in his freshman season, leading the Tigers in minutes per game at 30.6 and scoring with 12.3 points per game. Barton had a breakout sophomore season, leading the Tigers in points per game (18.0) and rebounds per game (8.0) en route to winning C-USA Player of the Year. For his career, he averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 32.9 minutes per game.
Portland Trail Blazers (2012–2015)Edit
In March 2012, Barton decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2012 NBA draft. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 40th overall pick. On December 7, 2012, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. He was recalled on December 9, reassigned on January 6, and recalled again on January 9. He made his first NBA start on April 10, 2013 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
On February 26, 2014, Barton recorded a season-high 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in 124–80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. In a televised interview following the game, when asked by a reporter about a spontaneous "Will Barton" chant that had broken out late in the contest, the guard replied, "I like to think I'm the people's champ," thereby instantly giving birth to a new nickname and a Trail Blazers meme. He went on to record 17 points and six rebounds on May 12 to help Portland win Game 4 of their semi-final match-up against the San Antonio Spurs.
Denver Nuggets (2015–present)Edit
On February 19, 2015, Barton was traded, along with Víctor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round pick, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.
On August 7, 2015, Barton re-signed with the Nuggets. On November 13, 2015, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 107–98 win over the Houston Rockets. He topped that mark on December 20 with 32 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. Barton's strong pre-Christmas play earned him recognition as a possible contender for the 2015–16 Sixth Man of the Year award. Over the Nuggets' first 29 games of the season, Barton averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 29.0 minutes per game off the bench.
Barton appeared in just six of the Nuggets' first 18 games of the 2016–17 season. He played in the first three games before missing the next nine after spraining his left ankle. He then returned for three before missing another for personal reasons, and then a further two with another left ankle complaint. On January 17, 2017, he had season highs of 26 points and eight assists in a 127–121 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On February 6, 2017, he scored a then season-high 31 points and hit five three-pointers in a 110–87 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On March 13, 2017, in a 129–101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Barton scored 22 points and went 3 of 4 behind the arc and 6 of 9 overall in his most productive outing since the All-Star break. Prior to the game against the Lakers, Barton had made just five of his previous 21 three-point tries. On March 16, 2017, he scored a career-high 35 points in a 129–114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
On November 11, 2017, Barton had season highs with 26 points and nine rebounds in a 125–107 win over the Orlando Magic. On November 30, 2017, Barton capped a career-high 37 points with a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left to lift the Nuggets to a 111–110 win over the Chicago Bulls. On February 3, 2018, he scored a team-high 25 points in a 115–108 win over the Golden State Warriors.
On July 9, 2018, Barton re-signed with the Nuggets. On October 20, 2018, in just the second game of the season, Barton injured his right hip on a reverse layup in the third quarter of Denver's 119–91 win over the Phoenix Suns. He was subsequently ruled out for five to six weeks after undergoing surgery on October 23. He missed longer than expected, returning to action on January 12 against the Suns after missing 38 games; in 16 minutes, he scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting. On February 28, he recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 111–104 loss to the Utah Jazz.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Will Barton Official Website
- Barton ready for the Garden
- Letourneau, Connor (June 27, 2012). "Former Lake Clifton star Will Barton hoping to first-round pick in NBA draft". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- Scout.com College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects
- ESPN Basketball Recruiting Player Rankings
- ESPN Recruiting profile
- Memphis Tigers Stats – 2010–11
- Memphis Tigers Stats – 2011–12
- "Will Barton Stats | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
- Will Barton to declare for draft
- NBA draft: Blazers take Memphis' Will Barton with No. 40 pick, trade 41st selection to Brooklyn
- NOLAN SMITH, WILL BARTON ASSIGNED TO IDAHO STAMPEDE
- Trail Blazers recall Nolan Smith and Will Barton from D-League
- Notebook: Trail Blazers 124, Nets 80
- Meagher, Sean (February 26, 2014). "Will Barton, the people's champ, helps lead Trail Blazers to 124-80 win over Nets (postgame video)". OregonLive.com. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- Nuggets Acquire Barton, Claver, Robinson and Protected First Round Pick From Portland
- "Nuggets Re-Sign Darrell Arthur, Will Barton and Jameer Nelson". NBA.com. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Gallinari's scores 27 points, Nuggets top Rockets 107-98
- Davis leads Pelicans to 130-125 win over Nuggets
- NBA AM: Barton Making Case For Sixth Man Honors
- Will Barton 2015-16 Game Log
- "Whiteside's double-double lifts Heat over Nuggets 106-98". ESPN.com. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
- "Jokic scores 29, Nuggets hold off struggling Lakers 127-121". ESPN.com. January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
- "Barton scores 31 in Nuggets' 110-87 win over Mavericks". ESPN.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- "Barton, Murray each score 22, Nuggets beat Lakers 129-101". ESPN.com. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
- "Barton scores 35 points, lead Nuggets over Clippers 129-114". ESPN.com. March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- "Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic, 125-107". ESPN.com. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
- "Barton scores 37 points, Nuggets rally to beat Bulls 111-110". ESPN.com. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
- "Jokic makes go-ahead 3-pointer, Nuggets top Warriors 115-108". ESPN.com. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
- "Nuggets Re-Sign Free Agent Will Barton". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
- "Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets past Suns 119-91". ESPN.com. October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- "Nuggets' Will Barton to undergo surgery to repair adductor muscle injury". ESPN.com. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
- "Will Barton Undergoes Successful Surgery". NBA.com. October 23, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
- Dempsey, Christopher (January 12, 2019). "Barton's Back: The Nuggets Starter Makes Long-Awaited Return from Injury". NBA.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- "Oubre, Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets 102-93". ESPN.com. January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
- "Mitchell, Korver lead Jazz to 111-104 win over Nuggets". ESPN.com. February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.