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Kings’ Harrison Barnes says the team’s ‘potential is crazy’

Harrison Barnes

Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes says the team’s “potential is crazy.”

The Kings have a lot of young talent on the roster, led by point guard De’Aaron Fox, forward Marvin Bagley III, guard Buddy Hield and swingman Bogdan Bogdanović.

Sacramento traded for Barnes at the February trade deadline with the hopes the veteran could help the franchise make a last postseason push. Entering Wednesday, the Kings are 5.5 games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

It doesn’t look the Kings are going to make the playoffs, but Harrison Barnes believes the organization is building something special.

“The potential is crazy,” Barnes said, via Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. “To see these guys in their first, second year — just kind of playing with so much heart, so much passion, definitely eager to learn — I’m excited to be with this group (and) compete alongside these guys.

“We’re looking at next year. This year, obviously, things came together late with the roster and that type of stuff, but we’re competing. We’re battling. Every single time we step on the floor, that’s another time that, hopefully, we’re progressing in the right direction and building something.”

Barnes is averaging 15.1 points with the Kings in 20 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from the 3-point line.

Expect Sacramento to make the postseason in 2019-20 after a full year of having Barnes in the system.