The Mavericks have once again scrounged together a team of reliable miscreants after swinging for the fences and missing in agonizing fashion. This year we missed out on Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley. Last year DeAndre Jordan left us both heartbroken and livid. For the past five years, (oddly enough coinciding with our championship run in 2011) the Mavericks have been through this process. And sure enough they rebound with several important stopgap players. This year’s addition of Harrison Barnes has the opportunity to change that process though.
The signing of Barnes means to signify the beginning of a newer, younger Mavericks squad. Truth be told, Barnes is untested. His time with the Warriors is not nearly as telling as they may be making it out to be. In Barnes’ first four years in the league with Golden State he has never held the role of the true leader. On a team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, Barnes served as a reliable open space three-point shooter. Time will tell if he is good enough to handle a leading job in Dallas. Time will tell if this young man out of North Carolina can live up to the expectations of being the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.