Top 10 bench players in Dallas Mavericks history

Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade
Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade / Brandon Wade/GettyImages
9 of 10

2. J.J. Barea

One bench player who can't be forgotten is the 5-foot-10 guard from Puerto Rico. The former Dallas Maverick was the unsung hero during the team's 2011 Finals run.

During the 2011 Playoffs, J.J. Barea averaged 8.9 points per game and 3.4 assists in 18 minutes of play. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Barea was an offensive menace. In Game 2 of the series, he led a fourth-quarter rally and scored 12 points.

In Game 4, Barea scored 22 points and dished out eight assists to help Dallas sweep the defending champions.

During the NBA Finals, he helped change the course of the series. Barea was an important part of the team's small-ball lineup that caused trouble for LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Barea left the Mavs during the 2011 NBA offseason, as he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Three seasons later, he wound up back in Dallas.

He played five more seasons in Dallas averaging anywhere between 11.6 to 7.5 points per game. The Mavericks waived him during the 2019-2020 season after injuries began to pile up.

In 723 games played, Barea has scored 6,044 points off the bench. The number might have continued to climb if he hadn't sustained injuries during the tail end of this career.