Minnesota Timberwolves Need to Get Rid of J.J. Barea After This Year

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After the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship in 2011, the Minnesota Timberwolves pounced on their tenured backup point guard J.J. Barea. Having that playoff and NBA finals experience, Barea was thought to be a great addition to the Wolves.

In his two years with Minnesota, that has been far from the case.

While Barea may be averaging his highest point total per game of his entire career with the Wolves, those statistics are misleading. Aside from his rookie year with Dallas in 2006 when he averaged under six minutes per game, he has shot the worst percentage of his career over the past two seasons with Minnesota. Last year he finished shooting the ball at an even 40 percent, while this year he sits at 40.6 percent.

At times, Barea has looked as if he is not sure what he is doing on offense. He tends to take some unnecessary shots in every game, and is also turning the ball over more often than he had in Dallas.

Barea was known to be a high-energy guy coming off the bench for the Mavericks, and he has had his share of those moments with the Timberwolves. More often than not, however, he is shooting way too many 3-pointers and running around dribbling the ball far too much.

In the off-season, Minnesota should look at getting rid of Barea. There is absolutely no need to keep four guards on the roster. While fellow point guard Luke Ridnour has had his share of disappointing games as well, he seems to be more liked by the fans. Barea has been a big disappointment, and needs to go.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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