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By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff…
The Dallas Mavericks continued their efforts to fill out the remainder of their roster by retaining veteran point guard JJ Barea on a two year, $5.6 million contract. In a rotation with highly limited point guard depth and a need for offensive spark plugs, Barea’s energy and attitude have made him one of the Mavericks’ most beloved players, along with a quality rotational guard in their everyday lineup.
Preferably, Dallas will find help elsewhere for their starting point guard spot, as Barea’s skill set is best served off the bench for Dallas. On the offensive end, Barea provides the penetration threat Dallas lacks elsewhere in their backcourt. Wes Matthews won’t attack the rim with effectiveness at a high clip and though Chandler Parsons is a good passer, his skill set isn’t suited to consistently probing the paint and creating offense for others. Barea is someone who can handle the ball and drive to the basket, probe the interior, and is a intelligent facilitator. Barea is also fully capable of running the pick-and-roll effectively, something he’ll have to do much more of with the presence of DeAndre Jordan in the lineup. He’s doesn’t turn the ball over much, and is the ideal ball handler and has the aggressive mentality Dallas needs off the bench. He isn’t a knockdown shooter by any means, but he can play off the ball and hit the occasional three-pointer as well, something he could be doing more of with Chandler Parsons demanding a greater role on the offensive end.
On the defensive end, Barea’s undying effort and exceptional instincts make up for his severe lack of athletic ability. He’s short with few physical qualities that match up to the majority of opposing point guards, but excels when reading passing lanes and is as hounding as anyone on that end of the floor. He’s gives an energetic boost that bodes well for Dallas off the bench and is someone that can play extremely well on both ends of the court during late game situations for the Mavs.
Barea also offers yet another veteran voice Dallas is wise to keep around. After spending time outside the Mavericks’ system following their surprise championship run in 2011, Barea’s return brought someone who had experience playing alongside the Nowitzki in Carlisle’s system and someone who has experienced winning in the culture set in Dallas. He’s someone who thrives in the Mavs’ locker room and is a vital part of the chemistry they’ve created there, not to mention the added continuity he brings to a roster that’s experienced numerous massive shifts this offseason.
Keeping Barea around for another pair of seasons was undoubtedly the correct move for Dallas. He’s an experienced victor and someone whose game and energy coincides seamlessly with the remainder of the Mavs’ roster. Barea is a hand-in-glove fit with what Dallas needs in a backup point guard and someone they’ll definitely need if they are able to pull together a playoff run.
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