Mavs news: J.J. Barea measured at 5-10 after years of being listed as 6-foot
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J.J. Barea measured at 5-10 after years of being listed as 6-foot

Mavs, J.J. Barea

Puerto Rico born guard JJ Barea has spent 13 years in the NBA and he is entering his 11th with the Dallas Mavericks. Under the NBA’s new guidelines to measure the height and weight of every player, some athletes are going to have a noticeable change in their listed heights.

The Mavs floor general, 35, was measured at 5’10” on Tuesday after previous seasons being a six-foot guard. Dallas Morning News reporter Brad Townsend shared the two-inch downgrade for the veteran on Twitter today.

Townsend also mentions former New York Knicks fourth overall selection Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian big man who was acquired by Dallas in January of this year, is measured at 7’2 and 3/4″ but the proximity to the next inch allows his listed height to be 7’3″. Last seasons’ Rookie of the Year, wing Luka Doncic, is 6-foot-7.

Barea is the Mavs’ longest-tenured player; he has competed for the team since the 2014-15 season and prior to three-year stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves collectively has played 10 years for the Big D franchise. He was a part of the 2011 NBA Finals clinching Mavs squad, the only title-winning team in franchise history.

Only Barea and another former Knicks import in guard Courtney Lee have spent 10-plus seasons in the NBA, with skewing-young Mavs roster headlined by the stellar Doncic and the one-time All-Star Porzingis coming off of ACL surgery.

Last season Barea had his own injury bug, tearing an Achilles tendon in January 2019 against his former team T-Wolves. Barea’s season was over, averaging 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game and 38 appearances.