Two years ago, Devin Harris dropped 41 points (and 13 assists) on his former team against former Nets' point guard Jason Kidd. Two years ago, Devin Harris was representing the New Jersey Nets at the NBA All-Star game and almost took the Nets to the playoffs despite nobody really expecting them to even be close. Two years ago, Devin Harris was the New Jersey Nets' point guard of the future.
Now? Well, now everybody thinks that the Mavericks won that Jason Kidd-Devin Harris trade. Now, this team can't win with Devin Harris as their starting point guard (you should see the e-mails I get "Trade Devin for Rubio," "Get Kidd back," "We should start Farmar"). This complete 180 in fans' opinion of Devin Harris is mostly due the Nets' 12 win season last year. But while most fans are shaking their heads in disgust thinking about Devin Harris running the New Jersey Nets, I am excited because you know what? Devin Harris is still a very good point guard.
When Nets fans complain about wanting to upgrade the point guard position, they need to realize that they only way the Nets can truly upgrade at the point is if they get Chris Paul. That's it. The great Kelly Dwyer had Devin ranked as the 8th best point guard (Kidd wasn't ranked in the top 10 for what it is worth), and that is after his poor performance last year. Dwyer's rankings aren't the be all, end all but he is one of the smartest basketball writers out there (in my opinion), so when he says something I listen. Despite that, you still hear the same four arguments over and over:
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