Barton is 1 of 3 players with fewer than 10 starts who has an efficiency at least 33% above the league average player (Enes Kanter, Nikola Jokic).
Barton was traded from the Blazers to the Nuggets at last season’s trade deadline in the Arron Afflalo deal.
His efficiency increased 92% after the trade. His numbers went up across the board. He went from playing 10.0 minutes per game in Portland to 24.4 in Denver.
This season, Barton is continuing to trend upward. He is averaging career highs in effective field goal percentage, rebound percentage and assist percentage. Offensively, his efficiency has increased 22%.
He is among the elite spot up shooters in the league – 63% effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoots. His ability to dribble-drive and finish in the paint has landed him among the top-15 guards in points in the paint per game.
Defensively, Barton is 2% less efficient than last season.
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