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Harrison Barnes describes the wisdom he can bring Kings after Warriors days

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The Sacramento Kings have a really young roster, one that has a lack of players who have playoff experience. That’s why acquiring small forward Harrison Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks was so big.

Barnes has been to the playoffs four times in his career, all with the Golden State Warriors. He has played in two NBA Finals and was part of the Warriors’ 2015 championship-winning team, which came out victorious over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Kings are in a playoff race for the first season in a very long time. They enter Wednesday with a record of 31-29, good for ninth place in the Western Conference standings. Sacramento hasn’t made the postseason since 2006.

Even though Barnes is just 26 years old, he’s going to try and play the role of the veteran on the Kings and pass down any wisdom he can:

“The idea of competing together and playing for each other,” Barnes told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “When I first came to the Warriors as a rookie, there wasn’t a whole lot of playoff experience. There were a few guys who had been. But for the most part, it was a group that hadn’t done it.

“Just see what a catalyst that was for the group when we did make the playoffs, when we didn’t win that first playoff series. There you get that collective feeling like, ‘This was really fun, but who wants to be out in the first round? Let’s keep pushing things further.’ “

Harrison Barnes has appeared in six games with the Kings. He’s averaging 10.3 points and shooting 31.8 percent from the floor.

The hope in Sacramento is that Barnes will find his rhythm soon.