Harrison Barnes was drafted in 2012 by the Golden State Warriors with the 7th overall pick. He only played two seasons at North Carolina and averaged 16 points per game. Once being drafted, he flourished as a role player as a Warrior.
After Steve Kerr took over the head coaching job, Barnes was back in the starting lineup and averaged almost 10 points per game as the fourth option. He was sometimes the fifth option when Kerr placed the lineup of death, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.
Therefore, when the Dallas Mavericks signed him to four year 94-million-dollar contract with the idea of him being the number one option, many people were skeptical about the move.
However, as the season has gone on, Barnes has proven he can be the number one option with this Mavericks team moving forward. He is averaging 20 points per game and 5 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field.
Not only is he leading them in scoring but he is who they go in crutch time.
— All Sport News (@All_SportNews) December 24, 2016
Or to get them back into a game.
— NBA Clips (@clips_nba) November 7, 2016
As Barnes is on the rise, Dirk Nowitzki, a NBA legend in on the downfall. Dirk is averaging the least amount of points since his rookie year with 13 points per game.
Dirk is first ballot Hall-of-Famer. He is 6th all-time in scoring, 2006-2007 MVP, 2011 Finals MVP, and not to mention he has changed the game. Dirk has paved the way for not only international players but also big men that can shoot.
He was the first 7-footer that had the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court, and now there are numerous big men from 6’10 plus that can shoot.
Dirk is a legend that has been through it all and that is why Barnes needs to get as much information and lessons from Dirk. Dirk has had some of the toughest loses in NBA history, losing in the finals after being up 2-0, only to have the best record the following year and lose in the first round.
Dirk can teach Barnes how there many ups and downs to an NBA career but eventually he’ll get his time to shine.
Dirk’s work ethic has been well documented.
Barnes can see for himself how a first ballot Hall-of-Famer works on his skill and train his body because Dirk is still efficient even at his older age.