Devin Harris: The East's 10th Best Guard

Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2008

After looking at the first returns for the NBA All-Star voting and seeing Devin Harris in 10th place among East guards, I suddenly felt like I was on the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update set in the middle of Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers’s Really? bit.

Devin Harris, 10th place?  Really?

Luke Ridnour ahead of him?  Really?

Jameer Nelson ahead of him?  Really?

Jose Calderon, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Derrick Rose, and Joe Johnson? Really?

The only guard that truly deserves more votes than Harris is Dwyane Wade.

Am I the only one who just doesn’t get this whole love obsession with Calderon?  He’s good, but I just don’t see him as good as Harris right now. 

Are fans just voting automatically for names like Iverson, Carter, and Ray Allen just because they recognize their names?  When does their shelf life end?  Does anybody really think that these three players are having comparable seasons to Harris’s.

Are fans uninformed of Harris?  If these voters watch any of the NBA’s highlights from this season, I find that hard to believe.  Harris has been breaking ankles and making defenders just look foolish all season.

He arguably has the quickest first step in the association.  He outruns everyone on the break and is able to take contact and finish even with his slight frame.  He has also added a step back jumper, which one is bound to see at least five times every time they watch a Nets game, and a decent three-point shot to keep defenses honest.

The changes to Harris’s game, along with the free reign he has been given in New Jersey that he was not getting in Dallas under the controlling Avery Johnson, has transformed Harris into the league’s fourth leading scorer at 24.8 points per game.

Harris, who seems always to be in attack mode, is also averaging 10.9 free throw attempts per game, second only to Dwight Howard.

His scoring average also goes up on the road, a stat that makes him the league leader in scoring on the road.

Harris’s outstanding play has led the rebuilding Nets to a 11-9 record, good for second place in the Atlantic division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. This was a start that nobody saw coming.

All of these accomplishments and why no love?  Well, he does play in New Jersey and he doesn’t have a country to support him like his teammate Yi Jianlian has.  Yi currently ranks third amongst East forwards and has more than three times the amount of votes as Harris.

Thank God the coaches will be able to vote Harris on to the All-Star team when the time comes.  With the way Harris is playing now, he should change his name to Devine Harris…was that too much?