When you hear the words “Lob City,” it’s only natural to think of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the tag team of Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris and Brandan Wright are delivering highlight reel alley-oop dunks on an almost nightly basis.
Harris, whose season started late due to injury, has had a resurrection of sorts this year with the team that drafted him. For the season, Harris is averaging 4.1 assists per game, but in only 20 minutes a game, his lowest minutes average since his rookie year in Dallas. From a relative standpoint, Harris has been one of the most dynamic passers in the NBA this season. Simply being back home, so to speak, has obviously helped Harris get comfortable, but the biggest difference has been the terrific rapport he’s had with Wright, something no one else in the league has ever had.
Wright has needed a tag team partner his whole career, and finally found it in Harris. For whatever reason, however, this vital element of the Mavericks’ offensive game gets lost in the shuffle. Just look at last night’s 107-95 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Harris dished out seven assists and Wright scored 23 points, going 10-for-10 from the field. In the box score, Wright ‘shot’ perfectly from the floor, but all but two of those field goals were dunks, three of which were alley-oops assisted by Harris. That’s pretty amazing, huh?
It’s fun to watch these two guys, who look like a little brother-big brother combination, connect on the court. Maybe the sports highlight reel shows will show Harris and Wright some love really soon.