Devin Harris expects to be healthy when the Dallas Mavericks start their training camp on September 27.

The 12-year pro out of Wisconsin has battled his share of nagging injuries, having undergone surgeries in his left great toe and his left thumb back in May.

Devin Harris’ injury status

“Health is doing good,” Harris said last week during a live-streamed appearance on the team’s Facebook page.

“The thumb is completely healed. With the foot, I’m starting some light running this week. And I’ll continue moving forward, so I’m excited about where I’m headed.”

The Mavs are plagued with injuries at the point guard spot. Starter Deron Williams and second-string J.J. Barea are both recovering from injuries of their own.

The signing of Seth Curry helps the team as he can play either guard spot in the rotation while providing a reliable shooting threat.

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“I think we’ll be able to play with different speeds,” said Harris.

“You know, obviously, we’ll start the game off with a little bit of a slower pace. But I think the guys off the bench, especially with us getting younger, will be able to play with more speed and more of a motor. And I think that will definitely benefit a lot of the guards, especially myself and J.J.”

Dallas’ defensive mindset

Dallas added a much-needed defensive re-enforcement on Andrew Bogut, who should prove to be a wall at the rim if he can remain healthy through the long NBA season.

Coupled with Wesley Matthews‘ impeccable perimeter defense, the Mavs should fare well against most teams on the defensive end.

“I think we always strive to be better defensively,” said Harris. “We got younger and a little more athletic, and that should definitely help in all of those areas. But I think another year in the system that we had and better understanding of what we’re doing, another year of guys being here last year and more camaraderie will bring more understanding of how guys play. I think all those things kind of factor into it, so we should be better.”