News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton told the team's official website that he will play in the summer league. Barton, who was the 40th overall selection during the 2012 draft, averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 73 games this season.
Analysis: Barton had a hard time seeing much court time during his rookie campaign as he was used mostly in a reserve role. However, he did average 16.3 points 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals over his last six games -- five starts. Hopefully he can continue to develop his game over the summer enough to become a consistent contributor next year. However, as things stand right now, Barton only has value in deeper long-term keeper/dynasty formats.
News: Portland guard Will Barton had the finest performance of his young career on Sunday night against Dallas. He led the Trail Blazers with 22 points and hauled in 13 rebounds -- both career highs -- while playing 32 minutes off the bench. Barton was an efficient 7 of 11 from the floor, missing both of his attempts from downtown, and made 8 of 9 free throws. He also chipped in with six assists and three steals in the 96-91 win. "Everyone on the team says I've got a special talent," said Barton, who was a second-round pick by the Blazers out of Memphis. "You've just got to wait your turn sometimes."
Analysis: Barton scored in double figures for the fourth time during his rookie campaign on Sunday and appears to have some decent upside. This performance should earn him some more playing time going forward so keep an eye on his progress. The 22-year-old has low-end Fantasy appeal for the rest of this season but keep an eye on his status over the summer to see how he's looking heading into 2013.
News: Trail Blazers rookie guard Will Barton continues to play just a limited role for the team. He has been one of the last men off the bench recently, averaging just 8.2 minutes per game over the last five games heading into Thursday's action, less than his 10.2 minutes per game average for the season. Barton has scored just 14 points on 38.5 percent in that span.
Analysis: The Trail Blazers seem to like the 22-year-old, as they signed him to a guaranteed contract after selecting him in the second round of the draft. Unfortunately, he has not looked like much of an NBA player in his rookie season, shooting just 36.0 percent from the field and 14.9 percent from three-point range through the team's first 37 games. Barton is clearly a project for the Blazers, and should be ignored in all Fantasy formats down the stretch.
News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton barely made his presence felt during Sunday's contest against the Magic. Barton only played seven minutes and went 1 of 2 shooting from the field. He finished with two points and a steal in a 110-104 defeat.
Analysis: Barton has been held under 10 minutes in each of the last four games played as he continues to have a marginal role off the bench for the Trail Blazers. He has not scored in double figures since Dec. 28 and is averaging 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds per game this season. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the rookie in all Fantasy formats heading into Week 16 (Feb. 11-17).
News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton had a productive performance off the bench on Sunday against the Clippers. He scored eight points and hauled in three rebounds in the 96-83 loss. He went 2 for 5 from the field, missing his lone attempt from downtown, and made all four of his free throws. Barton also posted two steals and a block while playing 15 minutes in the defeat.
Analysis: Barton has begun seeing more playing time in Portland again and has been shooting well of late. He is averaging 4.6 points with two rebounds in the previous five contests on 47 percent shooting. The rookie out of Memphis would have more appeal in Fantasy with a larger role but continue to ignore Barton in the majority of formats at this point.
News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton appeared in his third game in a row Tuesday against the Nuggets, as his role appears to be increasing. He scored seven points on 3 of 7 shooting over 17 minutes, in a 115-111 overtime loss.
Analysis: Prior to appearing in three games in a row, Barton had been held out for three games. As a rookie, his role in the teams rotation has been inconsistent throughout the year, and there is little indication that it is going to increase moving forward. He has no Fantasy value in any yearly formats.
News: Portland announced Wednesday it recalled guard Will Barton from Idaho of the NBA Development League.
Analysis: Barton wasn't getting much playing time before being optioned to the D-League in early January and we doubt that will change now he is back. He continues to have marginal Fantasy appeal.
News: The Trail Blazers assigned guards Nolan Smith and Will Barton to their affiliate in the NBA Development League on Sunday in order to receive more playing time. Both players are averaging fewer than 11 minutes per game for Portland this season.
Analysis: Barton will head to the lower level for the second time in his rookie campaign as he was not an active member in the Blazers' rotation this season. He was averaging just 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds for Portland, and is not viewed as an integral Fantasy option at this point.
News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton scored in double figures for the second game in a row and just the third time this season during Friday's contest against the Lakers. He scored 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in a 104-87 defeat. Barton also added two blocks and a steal in 24 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Barton has picked up the slack as of late for the Blazers off the bench and has averaged 10.7 points and four rebounds over his last three games while seeing over 20 minutes of game action. It seems as if he is starting to find some playing time in Portland's rotation, but we'll still need to see some consistent play before he can make an impact in Fantasy. He has marginal Fantasy value moving forward.
News: Portland guard Will Barton missed practice Saturday due to an ingrown toenail but was able to play Sunday against New Orleans. He scored two points while playing seven minutes off the bench in the 95-94 win. He went 1 for 6 from the field, including missing his lone attempt from beyond the arc. Barton also posted two rebounds and an assist in the victory.
Analysis: Barton is averaging just 2.4 points so far this season and does not have enough of a role in Portland to make a difference in Fantasy. Continue to ignore the 21-year-old in all formats.
News: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton is expected to play Sunday night against the Hornets, despite missing practice Saturday with an ingrown toenail, according to the Oregonian.
Analysis: Barton is not a major contributor for the Blazers and has averaged 11 minutes per game over his last five contests, sitting out one of them altogether. He has low-end Fantasy value and is not a viable option moving forward.
News: Portland guard Will Barton could not practice Saturday due to an ingrown toenail. He is expected to be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Hornets, reports the Oregonian.
Analysis: Barton is not a major factor for the Blazers and has averaged 11 minutes per game over his last five contests, sitting out one of them altogether. He has low-end Fantasy value and is not a viable option, healthy or not.
News: The Trail Blazers recalled guard Will Barton and forward Victor Claver from the NBA Development League on Sunday following a brief appearance at the minor level. Barton was sent to the Idaho Stampede last Friday after appearing in 16 games this season.
Analysis: With Portland nursing injuries to some of its starters recently, Barton will serve as depth on the bench for the team. He averaged less than 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds during his previous run with the Blazers, but should be left on waivers in all Fantasy formats.
News: Portland guard Will Barton was sent to the NBA Development League the team announced Friday. Barton averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 16 games this season.
Analysis: The Trail Blazers remain very high on Barton but want him to play everyday instead of sit on the bench. While will likely be back with the team in a few weeks, he should only be owned in deeper dynasty/keeper formats at this point.
News: Trail Blazers rookie guard Will Barton poured in a career-high 12 points off the bench in Portland's contest against the Pistons Monday night. Barton logged a career-high 21 minutes in the 108-101 defeat and connected on five of his eight field-goal attempts. He went 1 of 2 from downtown and also added two steals and one rebound to his stat line.
Analysis: Barton has been seeing around 5-10 minutes per game most nights, as he either plays in mop-up duty or in the second and third quarter to give someone a rest. However, the Trail Blazers remain very high on the rookie and think he could be their long-term solution at shooting guard. Still, minutes will likely to hard to come by for Barton at this point in the season, so owners should continue to view him as merely a long-term keeper option for the time being.
News: Trailblazers rookie guard Will Barton struggled to see much of the floor Thursday against the Clippers, as he played just two minutes in the game. Barton did not register any stats in the game, a 103-90 loss that saw him play only in crunch time.
Analysis: Barton was given a guaranteed contract this offseason after the Blazers took him with the 40th selection in the draft, but they aren't putting him to much use yet. He has played just 19 total minutes through the first five games of the season, and should be left for just the deepest of Fantasy keeper leagues.
News: The Trail Blazers are expected to offer guard Will Barton a guaranteed contract, reports the Oregonian,. Barton was the 40th overall selection during the 2012 draft. "I still have no idea how Will got to 40," general manager Neil Olshey said. "Paul Allen started asking us to trade up at around 22 to get him."
Analysis: Most second-round picks are offered guaranteed contracts, so it appears the Trail Blazers really like what they have seen from Barton so far. The 22-year-old averaged 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 50.9 percent from during his last year at Memphis, leading many to believe he would be a sure-fire first-round selection. However, at 175 pounds, there have been some questions about his ability to finish at the rim, which may have led to him slipping into the second round. While Barton looks to have a real chance to work his way into the rotation this year, owners should take more of a wait-and-see approach with him heading into the season. Consider Barton a long-term keeper option at this point.