Devin Lamar Harris (born February 27, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harris attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Days prior to the draft, the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks consummated a deal that involved the Wizards’ 5th overall pick going to the Mavs along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner in exchange for Antawn Jamison. NBA rules prevented teams from trading draft picks for two consecutive years (in addition to trade kicker details in Laettner’s contract) so the deal was momentarily delayed until the actual draft in which Washington selected Harris and subsequently traded him to the Mavericks to complete the deal. The Mavs’ plan was to bring Harris along slowly under the tutelage of all-star point guard Steve Nash but Nash ended up leaving the team through free agency and signing with the Phoenix Suns.
In Harris’ rookie season, he averaged 5.7 ppg and 2.2 apg, but put up a PER of 14.69. He ranked 2nd in the NBA in steals per 48 minutes at 3.15 (behind Larry Hughes), and in November 2004 was named the Rookie of the Month. Although he started for much of the early portion of the season, his playing time dwindled as the season progressed.
On February 19, 2008, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets with Keith Van Horn, Trenton Hassell, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, $3 million cash and two first-round draft picks (2008, 2010) in exchange for Jason Kidd, Malik Allen, and Antoine Wright. In his Nets home game debut against the Milwaukee Bucks, he posted 21 points and five assists in just under 21 minutes.Towards the end of the game he was treated to chants of “Dev-in Harris! Dev-in Harris!”, and the first 5,000 attendees received Harris T-shirts in the Nets’ next home game versus the San Antonio Spurs. After New Jersey missed the playoffs for the first time in 7 years, he expressed that he was not satisfied with the way he played toward the season’s end and he said he would mainly need to work on his assertiveness on offense over the summer.
On November 7, 2008, Harris posted a career-high 38 points against All-Star Allen Iverson, who was making his debut with the Detroit Pistons. He later bettered that mark on November 30 with 47 points, including scoring 21 in both the first half and the fourth quarter, against the Suns in the Nets’ first win in Phoenix since 1993. On December 19, in Dallas’ first game at the Nets’ Izod Center since the trade between the two teams, Harris put on a masterful performance posting 41 points and a season-high 13 assists in a blowout victory against his former team, while outplaying the player for whom he was essentially traded, Jason Kidd. Towards the end of the game, Nets fans were chanting “Thank you Cuban!” (Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban was sitting courtside). On January 29, 2009 Harris was named a reserve for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. It was the first time Harris was named as an All-Star in his career. On February 23, 2009 in a game against the 76ers, Harris converted a half court buzzer beating 47-foot shot, known as “The Harris Heave,” to win the game 98–96.
On February 23, 2011, Harris was traded along with rookie Derrick Favors, 2 draft picks and $3,000,000 cash to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Deron Williams.
On July 11, 2012, Harris was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Marvin Williams.
On July 17, 2014, Harris re-signed with the Mavericks to a four-year, $16.5 million contract. Harris entered the 2014–15 season as the team’s wily veteran and was much healthier than he had been the previous year, and it showed. He missed just six games all season, providing a constant spark off the bench behind Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis. In the team’s fourth last game of the season on April 10, Harris scored a season-high 21 points against the Denver Nuggets. He went on to play in four of the Mavericks’ five first-round playoff games against the Houston Rockets. His 2014 playoff form did not follow over to 2015 unfortunately, as he scored in double figures in just one game and shot 8-of-23 from the field in the 4–1 series loss.
Harris played in 40 of the team’s first 46 games to begin the 2015–16 season, averaging 7.4 points per game off the bench. A left big toe strain suffered in late January forced him out of action for 10 games, returning to the line-up on February 21 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On October 26, 2016, Harris was ruled out for the first three weeks of the 2016–17 season after he sprained his right big toe during preseason. He made his season debut on November 30, 2016 against the San Antonio Spurs after missing the first 16 games.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (2009)
Consensus second-team All-American (2004)
Big Ten Player of the Year (2004)
Wisconsin Mr. Basketball (2001)