Bar­ton’s break­out sea­son

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Nuggets guard Will Bar­ton, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound fourth-year pro, is an early lead­ing can­di­date for the NBA’s sixth-man-of-the-year award, an amaz­ing as­cen­sion for a rel­a­tively un­known player. • He at­tended four Bal­ti­more-area high schools in five years — in­clud­ing a se­nior year at Brew­ster Academy, where ESPN rated him the best prep shoot­ing guard in the na­tion, ahead of Dion Waiters, among oth­ers. • He was picked 40th over­all by the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers in the 2012 NBA draft, 20 slots be­hind Nuggets se­lec­tion Evan Fournier and two be­hind Quincy Miller, nei­ther of whom plays for Den­ver now. • He has played in all 40 games this sea­son but has made only one start. He ranks se­cond in points (av­er­ag­ing 15.8), be­hind only Danilo Gal­li­nari, and se­cond in re­bounds (6.3), ahead of each of Den­ver’s cen­ters.

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