Fantasy Basketball Faceoff: Jason Kidd vs. Devin Harris

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 10:  Devin Harris #34 of the New Jersey Nets drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during their game on February 10, 2009 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Who to draft: Jason Kidd vs. Devin Harris

The Case for Kidd

In his first full year with the Mavericks, Kidd averaged 9.0 points, 8.7 assists (fifth in the NBA), 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals (third in the NBA) and 1.6 three-pointers per game. On any given night, Kidd has a solid chance of recording a triple-double. 

Dallas signed forward Shawn Marion, who was Kidd’s former teammate with the Phoenix Suns. Baring injury, Kidd is a safe third-round pick because of his contributions in assists, rebounds and threes. The former Net also turned the ball over just 2.28 times per game, which was his lowest total since 1996-97. He shot 46 percent from the field and averaged 11.4 points per game in 10 playoff games last season.


The Case Against Kidd

Since being traded to Dallas during the '07-08 season, he has averaged 9.5 points per game. He also has not shot over 44 percent from the field since the '98-99 season. Kidd is now 36 years old and his upside is very limited. He also rarely goes to the foul line, attempting just 1.3 foul shots per game last season.


The Case for Harris

Harris had a breakout year for the Nets last season, averaging 21.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He averaged 26.3 and 25.7 points in November and February, respectively, which shows his upside is a role as an elite scorer. The potential to score even more is high with Vince Carter's departure. Harris averaged 8.8 free throws attempted per game, which was fifth in the league.


The Case Against Harris

He missed 13 games last season due to different injuries and has already injured his groin and ankle during the preseason. He also made just 0.9 threes per game and averaged 3.1 turnovers. The Nets landed point guard Rafer Alston in the Carter trade, a player who could push him for some minutes. The departure of VC could mean less assists, and Harris' durability is very questionable.