"I always tell people that if I wasn't from Baltimore, I wouldn't be as good as I am right now," Barton said. "Coming from Baltimore, you've got to be tough. You've got to be tough to take the bumps – not just on the court, but just in life. There's a lot of violence, a lot of shooting, a lot of drugs. Me coming from there and the things I had to go through, I had to overcome a lot. But I played hard and thank God that occurred. I'm still skinny, but what I am now is just [about] where I'm from. … [So I'm just] going to compete in every game, work as hard as I can, have a very successful season and a better season than last year."