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Art Garcia has an interesting read on the development of Devin Harris.

"He is not a shooter," Johnson explained. "He's [primarily a] playmaker and a penetrator. I don't know why with Devin Harris, all of a sudden, everybody is focusing on him shooting the ball.

"He made it to the league as a scorer, but primarily as a penetrator. That's how he helped us last year in the San Antonio series. Not because he was a 3-point shooter, but because he was a penetrator. We want him to focus on penetrating and passing, and when there's nothing there, take your shots."
The reason it's become a focus, and Johnson knows it, is that the development of a jumpshot could turn Harris from good to really, really good. Another reason for the focus on his shot might be that Mavs fans have been a little spoiled by watching point guards (Nash, Terry, Van Exel) with a great shot for a long time - We've become accustomed to seeing our guards look for and hit open threes.

When you look around the NBA there are a lot fewer teams with good shooting PG's then you might think. And there a lot of PG's who shoot a lot when they shouldn't (cough*BaronDavis*cough). Yes, you can be a goof and effective PG in the NBA without a jumpshot, but when it's a glaring hole in your game there is no reason to not do everything you can to improve it.

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Dwain Price looks at 15th roster spot. While Barea and Ebi are still battling for job there are two other options for the Mavs.
  • Wait and see who gets cut around the league and sign one of them (Rawle Marshall?)
  • Nobody - go into the season with 14 men and leave your options open. Maybe Croshere gets hurt and you need to lure KVH out of semi-retirement, maybe there's no locker room leadership and you trade a 2nd round pick for DA. This option is looking most likely as the Mavs really have no need for Ebi or Barea or anyone else at the moment.
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And Eddie Sefko has an article on Devean George's championship experience and the adjustments he's having to make now that he's outside of LA.