Most of you probably know at this point that I am a massive, unapologetic Devin Harris fan. I will also admit, now, that there's not much of a good rationale for this. I loved watching him during his first tenure in Dallas, but I was young then, and - especially relative to how much I've grown since - that first tenure seems like it was so long ago.
Part of my completely irrational DH love comes from nostalgia, as most irrational love should, but just as much of it comes from just how perfectly he fit this Dallas team from the moment he was signed. He was signed, and I immediate wrote this, And then later this, all about why I thought he was such a brilliant pickup for this team.
The combination of getting a piece that so neatly fits the puzzle, and having had a long, deep history with that particular piece, creates a feeling sort of akin to realizing that an old dog that ran away has come back and will be staying forever.
So then, with my fandom well acknowledged, I received this tweet a few days ago:
By the way, we are like three days before @HalBrownNBA 's statsketball is just a big "SQUEE" about Harris.— Mavs Moneyball (@mavsmoneyball) January 30, 2014
Naturally, I thought, "now, that's ridiculous. Why would I devote an entire weekly column to one player?"
But then I thought, "actually, I'm stupid, and that idea is totally brilliant."
As a side note, once again, I've had to resist the urge to actually just write, "SQUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEE DEVVVIIIIINNNNNNNN" and end the article there.
But anyway, here we are, after 2 weeks of fantastic play that's worth breaking down and thinking about: the Devin Harris edition of Statsketball. All blame for the ensuing article should be directed to Andy Tobo for sending me the above tweet, not to myself.
It's also important to remember, before I write anything else, that Devin has only played 7 games, and so every single stat that I will list from here on out is based on a small sample size, and may/probably will level out.
Devin Harris: Scorer, Kind of Defender, Very Fast Person
- When Devin Harris is on the court, the Mavericks score at an elite rate of 120.9 points per 100 possessions, which is an astounding 13.4 points better than the team average. They also defend at a poor rate of 113 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, 7.1 worse than average.
- When Devin Harris has played the point, the Mavericks have been outscored by a total of 10 points. When he has played 2-guard, Dallas has outscored opponents by a total of 6 points. Per 48 minutes, though, the Mavericks are getting outscored by 30 points when Harris plays point guard, and they're outscoring opponents by 7.4 points when he plays shooting guard, all per 82games.com.
- Despite the fact that the Mavericks defend at a much worse rate with Harris on the court, Harris has held his defensive marks to a shockingly low average PER of 7.25 (15 is league average), with an average eFG% of 39.4%, per 82games.com. Per Synergy Sports, however, while his isolation defense has been excellent, Harris is personally allowing opponents to score at a rate of 106 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 382nd in the league.
- Despite being 30 years old and fresh off of toe surgery and a history of foot injuries, Harris runs at an average speed of 4.1 miles per hour, according to NBA.com, which is pretty fast for anybody.
Devin Harris, Scholar and Gentleman
- This is a little known stat, but Harris is actually top 5 in the league in "infectiousness of smile, per 48 minutes."
- Harris also, lowkey, leads the league in Badass Blazers per Game.
Guys, it's a blue velvet jacket, and he nailed it. I don't know what else to say.
Long Live the King.
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