After missing the first 41 games of the season for the Dallas Mavericks with foot surgery, Devin Harris has played in the last five games for Dallas. Averaging just over 17 minutes a game since his return, Harris is starting to show signs of why Dallas brought him back.
Devin started his career in Dallas but was eventually traded to the New Jersey Nets in a deal that would bring Jason Kidd to the Mavericks. This past offseason the Mavs were desperately in need of an upgrade at the point guard position. Not only did they add Harris, but they added Jose Calderon, Gal Mekel and Shane Larkin as well.
The vision before the season was to have Calderon leading the way at the point position. Then you could have a veteran like Harris coming off the bench to help mentor the rookies Mekel and Larkin. Due to injury, though, this has not happened like planned. The Mavericks have missed 60 games this season just in the point guard position because of injuries to all four of them.
However, now that Harris is back we are starting to see a glimpse of what this team could possibly be. Harris is averaging just under eight points a game since his return, but this includes 14 points in both of the past two games. Harris is starting to find his shot as well. During the game against the Detroit Pistons, Harris made 4-7 from the field, including 2-4 from three-point land. This is a good sign for the Mavs. Calderon scored 17 points and Harris added 14.
If the Mavs can get more than 30 points per game from these two, that’s a great compliment to Dirk Nowtizki and Monta Ellis and the points they are putting up.