Devin Harris entered the season as one of the more reliable backcourt players the Mavs had to count on.
They had two new guards in Wes Matthews and Deron Williams, an unpredictable Ray Felton, an unproven John Jenkins, and 2011 playoff hero J.J. Barea. The Mavs were going to count on Harris to play both guard positions, and provide stability to a shaky part of their roster, in which they didn’t know what to expect heading into the season.
As it turned out, aside from Jenkins who was waived later in the season, all five players worked out just fine in the 2015-16 season for the Mavs, and Harris himself played his role to a T.
While not always efficient, Harris provided the Mavs with a solid scoring option off of the bench, a reliable three-point threat, as well as a capable waterbug perimeter defender through out the year. Harris would finish the year averaging 7.6 points per game, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field in 20 minutes per game.
But Harris really made his mark down the stretch during the Mavs' push for a playoff spot in late March to early April, when he averaged 11.6 points per game during the Mavs six-game winning streak. If nothing else, Harris -- despite some history of injury issues due largely to his frantic style of play -- proved to the Mavs brass that he can be counted on in a pinch, which is good news for him moving forward.
Harris is committed to Dallas through the 2017-18 season, with a highly-budget-friendly average salary of $4.14 million per year. Despite Deron Williams opting out, Dallas still has three guys on the roster who can play point guard, so Harris will most likely find himself once again playing more of a 2-guard/combo role next season, especially considering DB.com's report of the Mavs' interest in signing Mike Conley this summer.
No matter what happens this offseason however, we think coach Rick Carlisle is sure to find a role for the 11-year veteran out of Wisconsin.