Devin Harris: Down In New Jersey

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 22, 2008

When the New Jersey Nets made the trade to send Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks for Devin Harris, a couple of draft picks, and a handful of disposable players, New Jersey thought Harris would be their breath of fresh air. Nets fans had high hopes that the "one man fast break" was going to lead them up the ladder in the Eastern Conference.

Instead, he’s led them to the cellar.

Since he’s joined the team, the Nets are 6-12, and have just two wins in their last 10 games. New Jersey is also no longer in line for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, with the Atlanta Hawks creeping up and snatching it away by a game and a half.

The former University of Wisconsin guard has been inconsistent, scoring less than 10 points at least twice a month in every month this season.

Harris has also entirely changed the way New Jersey approaches the rim. Ex-Net Jason Kidd wisely used his wit and time to find the open man, whereas Harris attempts to use his speed, causing him to get out of control and lose the ball.

Further evidence is his career-high 2.5 turnovers per game this season, which is one of the big reasons why Mavericks coach Avery Johnson felt no remorse in seeing him part ways with the team. Yes, Johnson also gave credit to Harris, saying that he has enough potential to be a All Star in this league—but realistically, almost all the coaches in the NBA want to avoid feuds and show respect by buttering their former players up.  

I’m not saying the Devin Harris trade was a mistake for New Jersey, but at this point, the numbers don’t lie.