If you’re not a top flight talent, versatility is the key to getting playing time in the NBA.
That’s something Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris hopes to use to his advantage as the former #5 overall pick is open to playing some shooting guard for the Mavs this year.
The cat-quick guard will now try to put aside his off-season setback in time to make an immediate impact on the new-look Mavs team, likely seeing time at both the point and shooting guard positions in coach Rick Carlisle’s system after playing a similar role during his time with Utah and Atlanta.
“Devin Harris is a very good all-around player and a two-position player. He’s got an issue with his toe, and he had to have surgery, but in two or three months he’ll be getting back into the fold, and by December or January he’s going to be a multi-position player who’s going to bring a lot of speed to our team,” Carlisle explained.
“Honestly, my main focus right now is to get healthy,” Harris added. “I’m pretty sure I’ll fit in at some point — play some 1, play some 2. That’s never been a problem for me to get on the court, but I think my main focus is just to get healthy.”
At 6’3 and just 190lbs soaking wet, Harris will be able to use his quickness to his advantage at the two guard position, however, he’ll be paired against the likes of Tyreke Evans, Kobe Bryant, etc, which obviously won’t end well.
It’s likely Harris will be used there in unique circumstances, like the Mavericks running a small lineup for a few minutes, etc.