William Norman Barton is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Barton attended four schools in five years and was considered as the No. 6-rated player in the nation in 2010. He was rated as the best shooting guard by Scout.com and ESPN.com in 2010.
Barton decided to play for Memphis after getting offers from Arizona, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, and Villanova. He played every single game in his freshman season leading the Tigers in minutes per game (30.6). He averaged 12.3 points per game at the end of the season. Barton had a breakout season as a sophomore as he led the Tigers in points and rebounds per game with 18 and 8 respectively. At the end of the season, he was named the C-USA Player of the Year.
After deciding to skip his final two years of college, Barton declared himself for the 2012 NBA Draft. He was drafted as the 40th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. He made his first NBA start against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013. In 2014, Barton recorded a season-high 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as the Blazers defeat the Brooklyn Nets 124-80. In the 2014 NBA Playoffs, he scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to help the Blazers to win Game 4 of their semi-final matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2015, Barton was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with Víctor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round pick in exchange for Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee. In 29 games for the season, Barton averaged 15.7 points, 6.1 boards, 2.3 dimes, and 1.1 steals in 29.0 minutes per game coming off the bench. In 2017, Barton recorded a career-high 37 points which included a game-winning layup with 3.2 seconds left to help the Nuggets to a 111–110 win over the Chicago Bulls. In the 2018 off-season, Barton re-signed with the Nuggets.