Dallas Mavericks: Devin Harris Turning Back the Clock
By Kohl Rast
The Dallas Mavericks have not been playing very well lately, but that has not stopped Devin Harris from being a catalyst every time he steps on the court.
The 34-year old veteran from Wisconsin has turned back the clocks a little bit at the start of this season. Devin Harris hasn’t really been a real threat on the offensive end over the last few years, relying more on his fast-paced, tenacious defense for his minutes on the court. But lately, Harris has found his offensive game once again.
As of right now in the season, Devin Harris is averaging his most points per game since the 2012-13 season with the Atlanta Hawks. At 9.3 points per game and shooting 40.6% from the floor, Devin Harris has become a bit of a go-to from the second unit, combining minutes with JJ Barea, as he has done for the last few years.
The big thing I have noticed in Harris’ game over the last few weeks is that he looks more comfortable getting to the rim. This is definitely more like the vintage Devin as he has always been an attacker until injuries catch up to him. He is currently recovering from some bruised ribs which made him miss last game, a normal occurrence for the veteran point guard.
This noticeable return to prime form for Harris has to say a lot about the Dallas Mavericks medical staff as well. After some of Harris’ bigger injuries, he has been less inclined to take the beating at the rim he has grown accustomed to. At least, that was the case up until this year, where he has been much more aggressive and has already been on the court more than off it.
This renewed version of Devin Harris has been exciting and electrifying but also bodes well for the Mavs upcoming decisions. Devin Harris has been loyal to the Mavs and has played some great basketball here and I would hate to see him get traded. However, if the right offer were on the table for a team wanting a cheap, veteran guard who is used to being a leader both on and off the court, Harris would not be a bad option.
No matter what the situation, it has been fun to see Devin Harris look a little more comfortable on the court than in recent years. Mavs fans can hope that his scoring and aggressiveness do not take any hit this year as he has in many years past but, if it does so, at least we can be happy with what we have seen so far this year.
At the very least, there is little we can be upset about with Devin Harris as a Dallas Maverick. His community outreach and his play on the court are both things we can always be thankful about from him.
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The Dallas Mavericks hope to have Devin Harris back tonight but there is no official announcement as of yet. At the very least, he shouldn’t be out too much longer as the Mavs anxiously await his return.