With Harrison Barnes starting for Team USA last night, the Dallas Mavericks should be proud to have an Olympian on the roster.
The Dallas Mavericks have a member of Team USA for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics and, despite his name being possibly the least known on the whole team, the Mavs faithful are excited to see what he is capable of. Yesterday may have been a good start to that.
For the first time in the exhibition matches, Harrison Barnes started the game for Team USA and had his most productive night so far. In the game against Nigeria just a few days before the games officially start, Barnes took his chance to impact the game for the United States.
Although he played only 17 minutes of the game, Barnes took advantage of Paul George’s DNP, who had the night off in preparation for the start of the Olympics. With the vast depth that Team USA always brings to the Olympic Games, other players are very capable of playing the same position as Barnes, but 17 minutes in a blowout win is still respectable.
Harrison Barnes may have put together his best game with the United States team as he collected 8 points on 3-8 shooting from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc. He also had 2 rebounds, a steal, and a block in his time on the court.
It has been made clear since the roster was announced that Barnes was not going to be one of the big time players for Team USA. With Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, and other All-Stars on the roster, Barnes was one of the last few chosen. But he was still chosen.
The Mavericks faithful should be proud to have the team represented by one of their very own at the Olympic games and are all very excited to see what he will do for the team in the coming years.