The Dallas Mavericks let legend J.J. Barea walk during training camp. They wanted to go younger and more athletic with Wesley Iwundu grabbing the final roster spot. The veteran had no plans of retiring, so he signed with Estudiantes in Spain. The 36-year-old is hoping to use it as a springboard back to the NBA.
Barea is starting at the point for his new Spanish side. They had won two of their last three games entering Saturday’s contest against Zaragoza. The veteran has added much-needed playmaking and shooting, but would it be enough to make it three out of four?
Barea had an outstanding performance as his team picked up the 113-104 overtime victory on Saturday. Here is a closer look at the former Mavs’ game and how he has played in Spain thus far.
Dallas Mavericks legend J.J. Barea drops 18 points in win over Zaragoza
Barea got started early on Saturday. He drove to the basket for this fancy finish in the first quarter.
The 36-year-old guard finished with 18 points, seven assists, and two steals in the March 20 victory. He had just one turnover and has been extremely efficient in handling the ball for Estudiantes. Barea has 2.8 assist to turnover ratio so far.
Through seven games, the Mavericks legend averages 12.6 points, 4.4 assists, and 1.3 steals in 22.1 minutes per game. Barea has started six of the seven contests. It took some time for him to get his legs back, but he has taken it to another level over the last five games.
Dallas Mavericks fans are rooting for J.J. Barea from afar. The legend is a pick and roll master that is shredding defenses in Spain. It will be interesting to see if he gets another NBA opportunity after the season.
The Mavs could use his leadership and playmaking chops. Do not rule out a reunion at some point. Stay tuned for the latest on Barea and all things Mavericks.