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MMPG: Player of the Week

Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets


Oh yeah, it's not just Dallas. I used to be a Wizard, too. (AP Photo by Rick Scuteri)

The Dallas Mavericks won't admit it while Jason Kidd is still with the team, but almost every time he steps on the court this season, Devin Harris is giving them a friendly reminder that they may have given up on him a tad too soon. Harris is having an amazing season in New Jersey, where the Nets are making a mockery of all the prognosticators who saw them finishing with the worst record in the Eastern Conference this season. He's averaging a career-high 23.5 points for the Nets, who finished off a four-game West Coast road trip with three wins.

Harris was huge in all three victories, especially the past two in Utah and Phoenix, where he ran laps around the likes of Deron Williams and Steve Nash to the tune of a combined 81 points. Harris had a career-high 47 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds in a 117-109 win against the Suns that ended New Jersey's 14-game losing streak in Phoenix. That performance came one night after he scored 34 points in a 105-88 win in Utah.

In four games last week, Harris averaged 30 points, 6.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds. In the Nets lone loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Harris had just 18 points and six assists.

By Michael Lee  |  December 1, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
 
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Said it before, I'll say it again: Trading Harris for Kidd was a terrible move. It was a desperation/panic move by Cuban, done in response to the Lakers getting Gasol and (to a lesser degree) the Suns getting Shaq, and it blew up in his face. The fact that he followed it up by firing Avery Johnson (whose iron fist grip on the offense has been cited as one of the things impeding Harris' development) only compounded the mistake.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 1, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The Dallas Mavericks won't admit it while Jason Kidd is still with the team, but almost every time he steps on the court this season, Devin Harris is giving them a friendly reminder that they may have given up on him a tad too soon.

Michael are you kidding me? You left out the part that the Wizards traded this guy for a forward who will not play defense and is too soft to play power forward and is too slow to play small forward. Which means he is a worthless player who makes 10 million a year?

How about mentioning that they has an imbecile who plays the point guard position when Gilbert Arenas is healthy and he has no clue on how to play the position. Write about how the Wizards wasted cap space on a 6’3” shooting guard to play point guard who also plays no defense.

The team has two players that take up 25 million of the cap space who play out of position. In college you can get away with that but in the NBA it does not work.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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