Who’s Harrison Barnes?

Harrison Barnes had the worst good summer ever. He went to the NBA Finals, but he was a Twitter punchline during the whole thing. He won a gold medal in the Olympics, but he was the one guy who remained buried on the bench the entire time. He stayed a joke.

When the Dallas Mavericks signed Barnes to a max contract, they were mocked as bad as him. But right now he’s the only semi-good thing they have going for them.

The Mavs are the worst team in the NBA and are finally going to have to go through that rebuild they’ve been able to avoid for so long. The jury is still out on Barnes as it hasn’t even been 15 games yet, but the Mavs have thrown a huge load on his shoulders right away.

He’s averaging nearly 18 FGAs per game with a usage percentage of 26.3 percent. His career averages are 8.8 and 16.8 percent, respectively.

After a red-hot start, Barnes has cooled off. Especially from three-point range where he’s 3-for-15 in his last seven games.

His scoring numbers will stay high, probably over 20 points per game, even if the efficiency isn’t there but we still don’t know who the hell Harrison Barnes is?

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.