Dallas Mavericks: Harrison Barnes makes an impact with Dallas youth

Dallas Mavericks Harrison Barnes Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Harrison Barnes Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes devoted Aug. 18 to helping children by putting on a free basketball clinic and providing them school supplies.

The Dallas Mavericks employ a special player in Harrison Barnes.  Sure, he averaged nearly 19 points per game the last two seasons, but Barnes makes an impact off the court too.

Aug. 18 was the perfect example of what makes Barnes stand out.  He and Chief David Brown held a free basketball clinic for children.  Barnes even went one-on-one against some of the campers.  His next endeavor may have been more impactful, though.

Barnes took the kids shopping for school supplies.  Coach Carlisle even chipped in a little help.  That is a significant commitment for any NBA player and shows that Harrison Barnes is genuinely unique.


Barnes did a media interview during the event where he discussed a wide range of topics including the NBA Africa game and how his team is prepping for the upcoming season.  You can listen to the full interview here.

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Corner 3’s a key for Barnes

Harrison Barnes is a proven scorer, but his efficiency has been up and down.  The addition of Luka Doncic should allow Barnes to spot-up more season.  That could improve his efficiency especially if HB takes more corner threes.  He sank 41.2 percent last season and has shot over 40 percent on corner 3-pointers in three of his six NBA seasons.

Barnes is a career 39.8 percent shooter on corner threes so adding in a few more could allow both his field goal and 3-point percentages to jump up in the coming season.

Final thoughts

Harrison Barnes took a Saturday to give back to the Dallas community on Aug. 18.  He ran a free basketball clinic and provided school supplies for children.

Barnes turned 26 in May, and the Dallas Mavericks are hoping for his best season yet.  He figures to start and play significant minutes between both forward spots.  Barnes should bring floor spacing and scoring ability to what could become a potent Mavs offense.  Fans know he put in the work this offseason, so expect another plus season from Harrison Barnes.

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