J.J. Barea
J.J. Barea
36-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
What was shaping up as another solid all-around season for Barea came to a grinding halt just after the calendar flipped to 2019 when he tore his Achilles on Jan. 11 versus the Timberwolves. At the time, the veteran guard was averaging 10.9 points, 5.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds across 19.8 minutes over 38 games, all which he'd appeared in off the bench. Despite the truncated campaign, it was the fourth consecutive season with double-digit scoring for Barea, whose assists average was also the third-highest of his career. The 35-year-old was also heavily involved on offense relative to playing time, as evidenced by his 10.1 shot attempts per contest. The upcoming season doesn't shape up to be quite as productive for Barea, however. For starters, he doesn't figure to be at full strength until sometime around the beginning of the new calendar year, Then, whenever he does make his season debut, he'll find a crowded backcourt field in Dallas. Offseason acquisitions Delon Wright and Seth Curry bump Barea down a couple of notches in the backcourt rotation, while 2018 second-round pick Jalen Brunson could also see an increase in the 21.8 minutes he logged during an impressive rookie season. Players of Barea's age coming off serious lower-body injuries aren't exactly stellar fantasy prospects to begin with, and the personnel logjam at the guard position in Dallas only serves to depress Barea's outlook further. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jose Juan Barea Mora was born in MayagA1/4ez, Puerto Rico, to Marta and Jaime Barea. He has two older brothers: Jamie J. Barea and Jason J. Barea. J.J. began playing basketball for Indios de MayagA1/4ez of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) in 2001. He then moved to Florida and attended high school at Miami Christian School in Miami. As a senior, he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals to help his team to a 38-2 record and the state title. Barea founded the J.J. Barea Foundation (https://www.instagram.com/jjbareafoundation/) to help communities in Puerto Rico develop facilities for youth sports. The foundation has also been extremely active in helping rebuild Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Barea and his wife helped lead recovery efforts in the wake of the hurricane, making use of the Mavericks' team plane to deliver a total of more than 100,000 pounds of food, water, power generators and other supplies. For his efforts, Barea was awarded the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. He was also one of three winners of the Hall of Fame's Mannie Jackson Award recognizing human spirit. In addition, Barea has participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders camp, the league's global development and community outreach program. Learn more about Barea by following him on Twitter (@jjbareapr) and on Instagram (@jjbarea11).

College/International Summary

For four years, Barea was a terror for Northeastern. He started all but one game that he appeared in for the Huskies, logging 112 starts over four seasons and never averaging fewer than 17.0 points. The 5-foot-8 guard was not an accurate three-point shooter (32.1 percent over his career), but he was fearless when attacking the rim. As a freshman, he added 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals and was named third-team All-America East Conference. Barea and Marcus Barnes formed one of the best scoring backcourts in the country in Barea's second season. He averaged 20.7 points and 5.8 assists. Despite going 13-5 in conference play, the Huskies were knocked out in the first round of the conference tournament. The guard improved his scoring to 22.2 points as a junior and the team won 15 games in conference. The Huskies advanced to the finals of the AEC tournament, but they were beaten by Vermont in the finals. The team moved to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2005-06 and went 12-6 in conference play during their first season. Barea offered up 21.0 points and 8.4 assists (second best in the nation). The team advanced to the finals of the CAA tournament before losing to UNC-Wilmington. Barea left Northeastern second in both points and assists in school history.

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August 10, 2020
Barea will start Monday's game against Utah, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Past Season Summaries
2018

The 2018-19 season was Barea's fifth straight with the Stars -- marking his second five-year stint in Dallas. He started off quite effectively, averaging 10.9 points and 5.6 assists (the third-highest mark of the year) over 38 games off the bench, only to tear his Achilles on Jan. 11 and miss the rest of the season. The veteran delivered quite a few standout performances in his shortened season. He started the campaign by posting double-digit assists in consecutive games despite playing less than 22 minutes both times; Barea went on to post five efforts of 10 or more assists, including three double-doubles. His season high in dimes was 12, set Nov. 28 against Houston. Barea's highest-scoring game of the year came Dec. 2 against the Clippers, when he racked up 24 points along with five boards and four assists. All in all, he scored 10-plus points on 19 occasions.

2017

Barea came back with a vengeance in 2017-18 after missing much of the prior campaign to injury. He played in 69 games, starting 10 of them, and delivered career highs at age 33 with 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game. Barea remained an excellent 3-point shooter, hitting 36.7 percent of his attempts for a career-high 1.7 made threes per game. He connected on a season-high five shots from long range Mar. 22 against Utah while also setting his season high in scoring with 23 points to go with eight assists. The veteran distributor collected six double-doubles (tying his personal best) among his 10 games with double-digit assists. He delivered his finest all-around effort of the season Feb. 13 against Sacramento, racking up 19 points with a season-high-tying 13 dimes, five rebounds and a steal. In fact, February was a great month for Barea in general, as he averaged 12.4 points with 8.9 assists over nine games. Barea led the Mavericks in total assists and finished tied for 12th in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year.

2016

Calf injuries shortened Barea's 2016-17 season to 35 games (six starts), but when he was on the court, he posted some of the finest stats of his career. The 11th-year veteran scored 10.9 points per game for the second straight season, adding 5.5 assists -- his highest average in that category since 2011-12. He set new career bests as a 3-point shooter (1.5 made threes per game) and from the free-throw line (86.3 percent). Barea started off red-hot, averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds over nine games before his first calf injury knocked him out for a month. That initial stretch included his highest-scoring game of the year, a 23-point effort powered by five threes and accompanied by six assists Nov. 4 against Portland. Soon after returning, he started heating up again, scoring in double figures for four straight games despite exceeding 20 minutes just once in that span, only for an injury to his other calf to cost him another six weeks. While his scoring touch came and went after he returned to the court once again, Barea remained an adept distributor. Over a nine-game stretch during the second half of March, he averaged 6.9 assists per contest, including a season-high 13 assists Mar. 15 against Washington.

2015

Barea experienced a resurgent 2015-16 campaign after signing a new four-year deal to stay with the Mavericks. Over the course of 74 games (16 starts), he delivered a double-digit scoring average for the first time in three years and the third time in his NBA career. The 31-year-old Barea averaged 10.9 points per game along with 4.1 assists (a four-year high) and 2.1 rebounds (a three-year high) while posting a 44.6 shooting percentage, the best of his career. That was partly due to improved shooting from deep, as Barea hit 38.5 percent of his threes, the second-best mark of his career, along with setting a new personal best with 1.4 made threes per game. Barea set a new career high in scoring Dec. 23 against Brooklyn, netting 32 points on 13-of-21 shooting along with 11 assists. He made five threes in that game, opening a four-game stretch in which he drained 18 shots from downtown. That included seven 3-pointers on Dec. 26, a career high. Barea also delivered one other double-double, going for 18 points and 11 assists Mar. 28 against Denver. Limited by a groin injury at the end of the season, Barea was slowed in the playoffs, missing one game of the Mavericks' first-round series (a five-game loss to Oklahoma City) and averaging 6.3 points with 5.0 assists over the other four.

2014

Barea returned to his roots in the 2014-15 season, as he signed a contract to return to Dallas, where he'd spent the first five seasons of his career. Per usual, the 30-year-old guard stepped into a bench role, appearing in 77 games (10 starts) and averaging 17.7 minutes per night. Barea delivered 7.5 points and 3.4 assists per game. He enjoyed a resurgence in shooting, raising his field-goal percentage to 42.0 after scuffling to a 38.7 mark the year before, and shot at least 80 percent from the line (80.9, to be precise) for the fourth time in his nine NBA seasons. On Nov. 21, Barea hit all five of his 3-point attempts in a 16-point, eight-assist performance against the Lakers. In all, he turned in 20 performances with 10 or more points, peaking with 22 points in a Feb. 11 start against the Jazz. Barea notched a season-high 11 assists on Nov. 13 against the Sixers. After missing the postseason for three straight years with Minnesota, Barea returned to playoff action with the Stars. Over the course of their five-game loss to Houston in the first round, Barea delivered 11.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds over 30.7 minutes per contest -- his highest averages across the board in any postseason to date.

2013

The 2013-14 campaign marked Barea's third season with the Timberwolves and eighth in the NBA. He again served as a heavily used reserve, coming off the bench for 78 of his 79 appearances. Barea averaged 8.4 points, 3.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds over 18.6 minutes per game. His shooting took a bit of a hit, with a 38.7 percent field-goal percentage, but Barea still shot 79.0 percent from the free-throw line. He still turned in a number of strong offensive efforts, notching 10-plus points on 28 occasions, with a pair of 21-point performances marking his high points of the year. The Northeastern product hit a season-high four threes in one of those 21-point games, Feb. 23 at Portland. He recorded five or more assists 26 times on the year. Barea turned in his only double-double of the season Dec. 16 against Boston, collecting 10 points and 11 assists.

2012

Barea's second season with the Timberwolves saw him stay healthier than the year before, as he played in 74 games (two starts). The Northeastern product duplicated his career-high scoring output from the prior campaign (11.3 points per game) and 3-point shooting (1.3 per game) while adding 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He opened the season on a high note, scoring 21 points with five assists, four rebounds and a steal in the Wolves' opener against Sacramento. Barea went on to score 20-plus points six times among 49 performances with 10-plus points. He topped out with a 23-point effort against the Jazz on Apr. 12. The Puerto Rico native double-doubled Dec. 4 against the Sixers, when he recorded 11 points and 10 assists (a mark he reached twice on the year). He hit multiple 3-pointers on 28 occasions and a season-high five twice while shooting 34.6 percent from long range. Barea was also once again reliable from the free-throw line, shooting 78.4 percent.

2011

The NBA lockout and a couple of injuries conspired to limit Barea to 41 games (11 starts) in 2011-12. He spent those games with a new team, the Timberwolves, after playing his first five NBA seasons in Dallas. When he was on the court, though, Barea put together the biggest statistical output of his career. He set new personal highs in average minutes (25.2), points (11.3), assists (5.7), rebounds (2.8) and threes (1.3). Barea was encouraged to shoot threes like never before in his career, launching 3.5 attempts per game and making them at a 37.1 percent clip -- a four-year high for him. He accounted for double-digit points 24 times, including five games with 20-plus. Barea recorded his first triple-double Mar. 23 against the Thunder, going off for 25 points with a then-career-high 14 assists and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds. In doing so, he recorded just the 15th triple-double by a bench player in NBA history. Barea also recorded six double-doubles, including once again setting a new career best in assists with 15 on Apr. 11 against Denver.

2010

Barea turned in another season as an invaluable reserve for the Mavericks in 2010-11, playing in a career-high 81 games (two starts) and averaging career highs with 9.5 points and 3.9 assists per contest. He scored in double digits 34 times and cleared 20 points on five occasions. On New Year's Day, Barea set a new career high in points with 29 on 11-of-21 shooting off the bench against Milwaukee. He recorded a career-high 13 assists on Dec. 9 against the Nets. Barea collected double-digit dimes on three other occasions -- all of which were double-doubles. The Mavericks finished with a 57-25 record and went on to win the NBA championship, with Barea often playing a key role. He scored 22 points in Game 4 of the second round to help his club sweep the Lakers, marking the greatest offensive output of his playoff career. Barea went on to score 21 points over just 16:11 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City. He also scored 17 points -- including four 3-pointers -- in Game 5 of the Finals against Miami, then added another 15 in the title-clinching Game 6.

2009

Barea was a valuable reserve for the Stars once again in his fourth NBA campaign, very nearly duplicating his numbers from the season before. Over 78 games (18 starts), he averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds -- all within 0.3 of his 2008-09 numbers. He also shot 44.0 percent from the field (a drop of just 0.2 percent) and 35.7 percent from downtown (the exact same as the year before). His stats did depart in one major way from the past, though, as Barea set a new career best with an 84.4 free-throw percentage. Barea picked up a new career high in assists Nov. 11 against Toronto, dishing out 12. He racked up double-digit points on 25 occasions, topping out with a pair of 23-point games. The Northeastern University product appeared in all six games of the Stars' first-round playoff loss to San Antonio, setting a new personal best for postseason play with 14 points in Game 3.

2008

Barea played his way into a major role for the Mavericks during the 2008-09 season, registering more appearances (79) and starts (15) than he had in his first two NBA seasons combined. He nearly doubled his average minutes from the prior season (20.3, up from 10.5) while setting new personal bests across the board. Barea put together career highs with 7.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game as well as a 44.2 shooting percentage. He scored in double digits on 20 occasions and exceeded 20 points six times. Barea's biggest game came Feb. 20 against Houston, when he came off the bench to drop a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting (including 5-of-8 from downtown) with five assists, four rebounds and two steals. That was one of two times that he knocked down five threes in a game. He recorded a career-high nine assists Nov. 28 against the Lakers, then reached that mark twice more over the course of the campaign. For the first time, Barea enjoyed a regular role for Dallas in the playoffs. Over the course of 10 postseason games, he averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists, scoring in double digits four times.

2007

Barea's sophomore season saw his playing time and statistical output both increase, though he still played a somewhat limited role for the Mavericks. His counting stats improved in practically every category, as he averaged 10.5 minutes per game with 4.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.3 steals. The Puerto Rican guard's shooting improved, too, as he raised his field-goal percentage from 35.9 to 41.8 and his free-throw percentage from 66.7 to 80.0. Barea did some of his best work early on. In the Mavs' second game of the year, Nov. 2 against Atlanta, he popped for 14 points in just 8:50 on the court. A day later, he drew the first of his nine starts (in 44 total games) against Sacramento. In that game, Barea exploded for a career-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting -- including 4-for-4 from 3-point range -- along with five assists and a steal. He ultimately scored in double digits six times. Barea appeared in Game 4 of the Stars' first-round playoff defeat against New Orleans, picking up eight points and an assist in just 5:15 on the court.

2006

The undrafted Barea signed a contract with Dallas over the summer, then proceeded to play a limited role over 33 games (one start) in the 2006-07 season. He averaged just 5.8 minutes per game, though Barea still managed to average 2.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in that time. It may not sound like much, but on a per-36-minute basis, that comes out to 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. He showed what he could do in a featured role during an eight-game stint with the D-League's Fort Worth Flyers, averaging 7.3 points, 7.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds. Back in the NBA, the rookie enjoyed 20-plus minutes on the court just three times -- all in April, with the regular season winding down -- and he came through with strong performances. On Apr. 11 against Minnesota, Barea played 22:48, notching a then-season-high 13 points with three rebounds and four assists. Two days later, he set his season high in scoring with 16 points against Utah. He closed out the season Apr. 17 against Golden State with his first career double-double in his first career start, picking up 13 points along with 10 rebounds. Barea made his postseason debut in the Mavericks' first-round loss to the Warriors, making brief appearances in Game 2 and Game 3.

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Transaction History
  • August 11, 2006
    Signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • July 1, 2008
    Signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • December 14, 2011
    Signed a four-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • October 27, 2014
    Waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • October 29, 2014
    Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • July 15, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • August 19, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Despite operating as the backup point guard to Dennis Smith for much of the year, Barea was still very effective in a reserve capacity and provided a key veteran presence for a young roster. His biggest contribution came as a facilitator with the second unit, as the 34-year-old ultimately finished with a career-high 6.3 assists across 23.2 minutes. Barea chipped in with 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers as well, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. It's safe to say that he didn't appear to be impacted by his age and has at least a handful more seasons left in tank. As a result, he'll remain with the Mavericks for his 13th NBA season heading into the 2018-19 campaign. He'll once again act as a mentor to some of the younger guards on the roster, but he could struggle to match the 23.2 minutes per game he averaged a year prior. While Seth Curry was allowed to walk in free agency, Dallas re-signed Devin Harris and then drafted Jalen Brunson with the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Both players are considered true point guards, which is the position Barea played exclusively last year. Luka Doncic was also selected with the third overall pick in the draft and is tentatively penciled in as the starting shooting guard, adding yet another body to the backcourt rotation. With all of that said, Barea's respectable numbers from the 2017-18 season will likely fall across the board.
An early season injury to Deron Williams pushed Barea into a decent sized role out of the gates, but he eventually succumbed to severe calf injury of his own, limiting him to just 35 total games. In that limited court time, Barea averaged 10.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 three-pointers across 22.0 minutes. However, with the Mavericks going through a mini rebuild and likely opting for a youth movement in the backcourt, it appears Barea's path to playing isn't so clear anymore. The Mavericks drafted point guard Dennis Smith in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and he's expected to jump in as a starter right away. Both Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry are also still around, meaning Barea will have to fight for scraps as the second or third point guard with the two aforementioned players. At this point in his career, the 33-year-old Barea will be more of a veteran mentor than anything.
The 32-year-old Barea is coming off of one of the better seasons in recent years, as he appeared in 74 games and posted averages of 10.9 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game, while shooting the best percentage of his career from the field (44.6%) and the second-best percentage of his career from three-point range (38.5%). While it was an encouraging bounce back from two consecutive lackluster seasons, it's reasonable to believe that 2015-16 represented the best-case scenario for Barea going forward. He projects to hold a similar role again this season, but he'll still have to compete with Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, and Devin Harris, not to mention free-agent addition Seth Curry, for minutes. Barea should have no trouble carving out a regular bench role, but he's unlikely to be fantasy relevant in most leagues, barring an injury or two in the Mavs' backcourt.
After three up-and-down years in Minnesota, Barea returned to Dallas prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. A member of the 2011 Mavs title team, the diminutive point guard returned to his sparkplug role off the bench. He played in 77 games, averaging 18 minutes per game, and finished the year averaging 7.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 rebounds. His shot improved a bit in a Mavericks uniform as he shot 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range, up from 38 percent and 31 percent during his final year with the Timberwolves. Barea signed a four-year deal to return to Dallas in the offseason and will be the primary backup point guard entering the year. His role with the Mavericks remains unchanged, and he's capable of providing instant offense in a hurry. Still, his overall productivity is sporadic, and he remains a liability on defense.
Jose Barea enters his fourth season with the Timberwolves in an inconclusive role. Mo Williams signed with Minnesota to be the backup point guard, so the 30-year-old Puerto Rican will need to either beat Williams out for minutes or find a new role. As Ricky Rubio's principle backup in 2013-14, Barea appeared in 79 games (starting one) and averaged 8.4 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.3 steals in 19 minutes per game. He only hit 39 percent of his field goals (his lowest rate since his rookie season), 32 percent of his three-pointers, and 79 percent of his free throws. Barea's three-point percentage has decreased in each of his three years in Minnesota, so he may bounce back in 2014-15 if he can forge a role on the team. It may help that he is more familiar with most of the TImberwolves roster compared to Williams, but Barea will have to prove to be more than a heat check guy. His fantasy value hinges mainly on injuries ahead of him on the depth chart. Both Rubio and Williams have been known to miss chunks of seasons, so Barea may be a player to keep an eye on.
Barea is set to backup Ricky Rubio at point guard. While his totals from last year were nearly identical to the previous season (he averaged 11.3 ppg in both 2011-12 and 2012-13), he was somewhat inconsistent as he had 16 games where he scored five or less points. He also saw his assist-to-turnover ratio decline slightly. Barea can be an offensive spark plug off the bench and got playing time at shooting guard amid Minnesota's many injuries last season, but he may have a more limited backup point guard role this season with several new swingmen in the mix.
It was a curious move when Minnesota signed Barea as a third point guard last summer as it seemed unlikely he'd have a major role. However, he provided needed depth with Ricky Rubio suffering a torn ACL and Luke Ridnour missing 13 games with an ankle injury. When Barea was healthy and in the lineup, he was capable of putting up strong numbers. For example, Barea averaged 16.8 ppg and 9.8 apg over the final 13 games with both Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour out with injuries. Health was an issue as he missed 25 games with thigh, ankle, calf and hamstring ailments. At 6-0 and 175 pounds, his slight build and attacking style makes him a continued injury risk. Still, he averaged a career-high 5.7 assists per game and could be the team's primary point guard until Ricky Rubio returns.
The diminutive point guard proved to be a sparkplug for the Mavricks last season and even started a game in the NBA Finals. He then signed a four-year, $19 million contract with Minnesota in the offseason. Barea is a great ball handler and hustles on defense. He could be the backup point guard to Ricky Rubio in Minnesota and head coach Rick Adelman has even talked of using him at shooting guard. He's an average shooter and his 5-11 height will limit his upside, but he could see increased playing time with his new team.
The Mavericks picked up the team option on Barea's contract for the 2010-11 season, which means he'll get some playing time-mostly as Jason Kidd's back-up. Unfortunately, Jason Kidd is really good and Rodrigue Beaubois is the heir apparent at the point for Dallas. Ultimately, that gives Barea little value.
The diminutive point guard proved that despite his stature he belongs in the NBA. He notched a career-high in minutes (20 per game) and averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 assists while hitting several clutch shots late in games. Barea will play a similar role this season and could help in deeper leagues.
After re-signing in the offseason, the third year point guard from Puerto Rico managed only 4.3 points per game when given the opportunity last season, and at 6-0 remains undersized.
Barea spent much of last season in the NBDL, and there is debate over whether he will even earn a roster spot this year. However, the Northeastern product has found success in various summer leagues, especially given his ability to score and distribute the basketball. Still, if he even makes the Mavericks roster, look for him to be the last guard off the bench and receive only garbage time minutes.
Barea is battling for the Mavericks' final roster spot, and should therefore not warrant much fantasy consideration, if he even makes the team at all.
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