Warriors to start Harrison Barnes at small forward

Warriors coach Mark Jackson announced Monday that rookie Harrison Barnes will be his starting small forward.

Jackson said he was looking for the best fit and not necessarily the best player. Apparently, Barnes beat out forward Richard Jefferson and swingman Brandon Rush.

“Starting was definitely a goal of mine,” Barnes said. “Playing in the NBA and starting on opening night is a huge accomplishment. But my mindset is not going to change. I’m going out there and try to provide this team all of the little things I can to help us win.”

The Warriors have known four of their starters since they acquired center Andrew Bogut in March. The question since had been who would start at small forward. The options entering training camp were Barnes, the No. 7 overall pick, Jefferson and Rush. Barnes and Rush had emerged as front-runners early in training camp.

– Reported by Marcus Thompson II of theĀ Bay Area News Group