Harrison Barnes will become a primary scoring option for the Dallas Mavericks next season after spending four seasons with the Golden State Warriors where he played second-fiddle to the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
According to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle, Barnes possesses the talent to be an all-star caliber player and would be allowed to display his full repertoire of skills after being restricted to a spot-up shooter during his time in Oakland.
Harrison Barnes: No. 1 scoring option?
Barnes, who averaged 10.1 points per game in his four seasons with the Warriors, could easily become an 18-20 ppg player in Dallas, according to coach Carlisle. “He’s been a great system player. I think that’s the way to characterize it. He’s been playing with two perennial All-Stars and MVP candidates, let’s be honest.
“And now, we need him (Barnes) to step up to a higher level of responsibility for us. Dirk (Nowitzki) is getting near the end of his career, (Chandler) Parsons was a playermaker and a scorer for us, so we’re going to need him to score and stretch out and do other things,” Carlisle said of Barnes during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday.
Carlisle said Barnes had the talents to become an all-star caliber player. “I just spent the last five days with him, two and a half days in Ames, Iowa, which was really interesting, and a couple days in Dallas, and I love him. I love his work ethic, I love his game and I see possibilities of how he can keep improving and work towards getting that higher level and striving to become an All-Star caliber guy.”
Harrison Barnes signed a four-year $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks last week. He will fill the void left by Chandler Parsons, who departed to Memphis Grizzlies in free agency. The Warriors were forced to let go of Barnes after signing Kevin Durant in the offseason.