Dallas Mavericks: Best players at each position in the last decade
By Chad Sanchez
Point guard: J.J. Barea
J.J. Barea is in his second stint with the Dallas Mavericks. He was an integral part of their lone championship team. Barea departed in free agency after that season only to return in 2014.
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He is one of the best pick and roll handlers in the NBA. Barea is a pesky defender capable of drawing charges on even the smartest players.
Barea was the backup point guard for most of the championship season behind Jason Kidd. The Mavs inserted him into the starting five next to Kidd in game four of the NBA Finals. The Heat had no answer as Dallas won the next three contests and walked away with the championship.
Barea seemingly improves every year. His best statistical campaign came in the 2017-2018 season. Barea averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43.9 percent from the field.
Barea has been a key piece for the Mavericks for 11 seasons. His role has decreased a bit this season, but he produces when his number has been called. Even an Achilles surgery could not stop him. That’s why J.J. Barea is the Mavericks’ best point guard during the last decade.
Honorable Mention: Jason Kidd
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