Will Barton

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Will Barton
Free agent
Position Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 24)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Lake Clifton
(Baltimore, Maryland)
Brewster Academy
(Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
College Memphis (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
20122015 Portland Trail Blazers
2012–2013 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2015 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

William Denard "Will" Barton (born January 6, 1991[1]) is an American professional basketball player who last played 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 was a highly touted recruit coming out of Brewster Academy and he graduated from Lake Clifton Eastern High School.[4] 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 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.


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]

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 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 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)[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]

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
Career 172 5 13.2 .407 .230 .785 2.2 1.0 .5 .2 5.0


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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