Dallas Mavericks: 3 Players that disappointed this season
For ages, Dallas Mavericks have been all about Dirk Nowitzki and what he did for the franchise. Well, now with the German hanging his boots, apparently the golden period of the Mavs organisation is now behind us.
Dallas' 2018-19 regular season engulfed an obligatory farewell ride for the 14-time NBA All-Star who announced in the final game of the season that this will be his last year in the league. With all eyes fixated on Nowitzki for the most part of the year - and equally so on the rookie sensation Luka Doncic - Mark Cuban's Mavericks plodded through a fairly ordinary campaign yet again, to say the least.
Ending the season with a 33-49 (win-loss) record, the Mavs finished as the second worst team on the West standings (tied with the Pelicans and Grizzlies), despite winning nine more games than last year.
Moreover, throughout the 82-game long season, they won just 9 games on the road. That's proof of the fact that while Luka and Dirk were drawing most of the attention due to varied reasons, the rest of the crew exhibited incompetence in playing their roles.
Let's discuss the three individuals who failed to live up to the standards they were expected to, by a huge margin.
#1 Devin Harris
Signing with the Mavericks in August of 2018, Harris returned for his third stint with the franchise. As the team dealt with JJ Barea's injury, Harris got to play an average of 16 minutes throughout the season where he could only score a meagre 6.3 points per game. Shooting a miserable 31% from beyond the arc, Devin Harris gave clear signs that he's not as good as he once was.
Having played for 5 NBA teams in his 15-season long career, Harris got more appreciation via coaching offers than for his on-court performance. Coming off the bench and playing as the fourth or fifth guard in the rotation, the 36-year-old veteran produced just nine double-digit scoring games in all throughout his latest year in Dallas.
The 5th overall pick from the 2004 NBA draft finished his one year deal and is set to be a free agent come July.