Will Barton

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Will Barton
No. 5 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 23)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Lake Clifton Eastern[1]
Brewster Academy
College Memphis (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Portland Trail Blazers
2012–2013 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year
  • 2012 Conference USA All-Conference First Team
  • 2011 Conference USA All-Conference Third Team
  • 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Stats at NBA.com

William Norman "Will" Barton III[2] (born January 6, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Barton attended the University of Memphis and plays shooting guard. During his second year at Memphis, Barton won the Conference USA player of the year,[3] becoming the first Memphis player to win since Chris Douglas-Roberts in 2008. He was selected with the 40th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.[4]

High school career[edit]

Will "The Thrill" Barton was a highly touted recruit coming out of Brewster Academy and he graduated from Lake Clifton Eastern High School.[1] Barton was rated the best shooting guard by Scout.com and ESPN.com in 2010.[5][6] Barton chose Memphis over Arizona, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, and Villanova.[7]

Barton was invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in 2010.[8]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Will Barton
Baltimore, Maryland Brewster Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jun 6, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12   Rivals: 11  ESPN: 8
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Collegiate career[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Professional career[edit]

In March 2012, Barton decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2012 NBA Draft.[11] He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 10th pick in the second round (40th overall). On December 7, 2012, Barton was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. He was recalled two days later. On January 6, 2013, he was reassigned to Idaho.[12] He was recalled on January 9, 2013.[13] 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, along with a career high 11 rebounds, in 124-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[14] 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 brash Blazer 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.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

  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
Correct as of April 18, 2013

NBA regular season[edit]

2012–13 Portland 73 5 12.2 .382 .138 .769 2.0 0.8 0.5 0.1 4.0
2013–14 Portland 41 0 9.4 .417 .303 .813 1.8 0.8 0.2 0.2 4.0
Career 114 5 11.2 .394 .194 .784 1.9 0.8 0.4 0.1 4.0


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