Will Barton

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Will Barton
No. 5 – Denver Nuggets
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 25)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Brewster Academy
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
College Memphis (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
20122015 Portland Trail Blazers
2012–2013 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2015–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

William Norman "Will" Barton (born January 6, 1991)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (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,[2] 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 Trail Blazers.[3]

High school career[edit]

Barton, the No. 6-rated player in the nation in 2010, attended four schools in five years. He initially attended City College High in Baltimore for two years, reclassified once and attended National Christian Academy in Maryland (repeating his sophomore year), 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.[4][5] Barton was rated the best shooting guard by Scout.com and ESPN.com in 2010.[6][7] Barton chose Memphis over Arizona, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, and Villanova.[8]

Barton was invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in 2010.[4]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Will Barton
Baltimore, Maryland Brewster Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 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.


College 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]

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.[11] 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,[12] and recalled again on January 9.[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 and 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 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] 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.[16]

On August 7, 2015, Barton re-signed with the Nuggets.[17] On November 13, 2015, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 107–98 win over the Houston Rockets.[18] He topped that mark on December 20 with 32 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.[19] Barton's strong pre-Christmas play earned him recognition as a possible contender for the 2015–16 Sixth Man of the Year award.[20] 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.[21]

NBA 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

Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Portland 73 5 12.2 .382 .138 .769 2.0 .8 .5 .1 4.0
2013–14 Portland 41 0 9.4 .417 .303 .813 1.8 .8 .2 .2 4.0
2014–15 Portland 30 0 10.0 .380 .222 .667 1.1 .9 .5 .1 3.0
2014–15 Denver 28 0 24.4 .443 .284 .810 4.6 1.9 1.2 .5 11.0
2015–16 Denver 82 1 28.7 .432 .345 .806 5.8 2.5 .9 .5 14.4
Career 254 6 18.2 .421 .303 .797 3.4 1.5 .6 .3 8.0


2014 Portland 7 0 11.6 .500 .545 .833 1.7 .4 .1 .3 6.4
Career 7 0 11.6 .500 .545 .833 1.7 .4 .1 .3 6.4


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