Dallas Mavericks legend to wear number 11: J.J. Barea
An undersized guard with oversized impact, J.J. Barea went undrafted during the 2006 NBA Draft out of Northeastern University.
His statistics have never jumped off the page, but his impact was felt through his intangibles and hard work. He deserves legendary status for his play in the 2011 NBA Finals alone, specifically the defense he played against arguably the greatest player of all time, LeBron James.
His legacy is compounded exponentially when you factor in his longevity, loyalty, and dedication to the organization. Barea has played the fifth-most games in franchise history. He also had a strong relationship and influence on the team’s newest franchise player, Luka Doncic. Barea technically spent more seasons in a Mavs uniform wearing number five, but his largest impact undoubtedly came during his time sporting number 11, earning him this legend spot.
The Mavericks moved on from Barea during training camp before this 2020-21 season, and he has since found his way to the top professional basketball league in Spain, Liga ACB as a member of the Movistar Estudiantes. Don’t be surprised if Barea’s impact is felt once again sometime in the future as he’s made it clear he would like to return to Dallas one day as a member of the coaching staff or the front office.
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