Devin Harris will play a lot of SG

July, 6, 2013
7/06/13
7:58
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A natural reaction to Devin Harris agreeing to return to Dallas is to wonder just how many point guards the Mavericks can squeeze onto the roster.

Don’t assume that point guard will be Harris’ primary position during his second tenure in Dallas, however.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound Harris will likely get at least as many minutes at shooting guard as he does at point guard. He might be the Mavs’ starting shooting guard next season with Vince Carter continuing to serve as the sixth man.

Harris and Jose Calderon could be a compatible pair, although they'd form an undersized backcourt. Harris has proven capable of holding his own defensively against shooting guards. Calderon's perimeter shooting -- he led the league in 3-point accuracy at 46.1 percent last season -- should mesh well with Harris' ability to get to the basket.

The Mavs are also intrigued by the possibility of having two pick-and-roll ballhandlers on the floor together, forcing opponents to have to defend it on both sides of the floor. Calderon's spot-up shooting should create space for Harris to operate in the pick-and-roll.

According to 82games.com’s stats, Harris split time evenly between point guard and shooting guard in Atlanta last season, when he averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in 24.5 minutes per game. The Hawks outscored opponents by 20 points with Harris playing point guard and by 133 points with him as the shooting guard.

Harris, who will sign a three-year deal worth a little more than $9 million, also gives the Mavs an insurance policy at point guard. They won’t have to rush Shane Larkin or Gal Mekel into playing significant minutes if one of the rookies isn’t ready for the backup role.

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