You can name the stars of the Golden State Warriors team that went to back-to-back finals, winning the NBA title in 2015. Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson — their names spring to mind. But part of the heart of that Warriors team was Harrison Barnes, who now wears a Dallas Mavericks jersey. Barnes – who started all 82 games for the Warriors championship team — was suddenly considered expendable after the Kevin Durant acquisition. In Dallas, Barnes is expected to become a superstar — more than just a great role player on a great team. (His 4-year $94 million Mavericks contract has star written all over it, if not into it.)
The Mavs struggled to open the season, even as Barnes performed well. But Barnes broke into star territory on Sunday, laying 34 on the Knicks and leading the Mavs to their first win, 86-75. Barnes is averaging 20.8 ppg with the Mavs after 11.7 last year with Golden State.