The season is over and all we can do is either look back or look ahead. We’re going to take some time to look back and grade the Dallas Mavericks.
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Devin Harris: 7.9 points, 37.8% fg, 4.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, .7 steals
Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman): B+ A little bias into this one, Devin Harris is my favorite NBA player ever and I was so damn happy to have him back in Dallas in July 2013, and then back on the court in January of 2014. However, the same problems that made Harris expendable at the league minimum to Dallas last off-season plagued the Mavs backup point guard this year as well. His jump shot and shooting percentages were often sore sights, but the speedy veteran brought to the fold what Monta Ellis did. He attacked the basket with reckless abandon, him and Monta adding that punch to the Mavericks that was very, very badly missed since 2011.
Brian Gosset (@Gosset41): A- In the beginning part of the Spurs’ series, he was our most important player, Ellis being the best. He sparked the bench, which we needed when the Mavs found themselves down in the 1st quarter. He’s improved his defense and 3-point game. I would like to continue to see Harris and Ellis in down the stretch over Jose Calderon.
Bailey Rogers (@BRogers789): C+ Much like DeJuan Blair, the longer the season went, the more time seemed to pass between really quality Harris performances. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this season felt like a disappointment for Harris. He just seemed too wild, and we needed him to be the more reserved, veteran (but admittedly less talented) version of Monta. We also needed him to be a marked defensive improvement over Monta and Jose, and he just wasn’t really all that good defensively for long stretches. I love Devin and he had some fantastic games this season, but I felt like he failed to meet expectations.
Jose De Leon (@JoseOfLion06): C+ I know for a fact I set the bar way too high for Harris this season. I fully expected him to be the ultimate sixth man. Step in for Calderon or Ellis and not miss a beat. Attack the rim, score at will in the paint, create for his teammates and play great defense. We saw all of that but just not enough of it and rarely was it all strung together in the same game. And please, please, PLEASE, let’s do away with the Harris 2-for-1 play. Why was the guy that made 31% of his 3s (second worst percentage on the team by the way) taking that shot in the first place?