11 Mavericks cult heroes everyone else should have loved

The rest of the NBA should have loved these Mavericks.

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6. Devin Harris

Harris was the fifth overall pick in 2004 and arrived in Dallas via a draft night trade for Antawn Jamison. His speed, ball-handling ability, and defense shined at the University of Wisconsin, and the 6’3 guard had All-Star potential. The Mavs were in conference finals in 2003 and made four straight playoff appearances. They hoped Harris could help them get over the hump and win it all.

He instantly cracked the rotation and quickly endeared himself to fans. The 6’3 guard was traded to the Nets in Feb. of 2008 in the deal that brought Jason Kidd back to Dallas. Harris was an All-Star in New Jersey but found his way back to the Mavericks in 2013. He left again in 2018 only to return months later.

Devin Harris will always be a Maverick, despite playing for four other teams. He played a key role in the community, became one of the league’s best cutters, and a legend over his decade playing for the franchise. Harris remains with the Mavs as part of their studio coverage of games.

Devin Harris always gave his all on the floor and was a fantastic teammate. Even as his speed and play declined, the 6’3 guard became a locker-room leader and veteran presence that allowed him to play into his mid-30s. Harris always helped the Mavericks win, and that alone made him a cult hero in Dallas.