Assist by J.J. Barea in the second quarter
- January 30, 2020
- 6:49 PM
Jose Juan “J.J.” Barea (ba-RAY-ah) is a 14-year veteran who is in second stint with the Mavericks. He holds career averages of 8.9 points and 3.9 assists per game in 831 games (108 starts) with Dallas and Minnesota. Barea ranks fifth in Mavericks history in games played (637), seventh in 3-pointers made (596) and eighth in assists (2,441).
Barea (5-11, 180) signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2006 after a four-year college career at Northeastern. The Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, native was an integral part of Dallas’ 2011 title team, becoming the second Puerto Rican player to win an NBA championship (Butch Lee, 1980, L.A. Lakers).
After spending three seasons with the Timberwolves (2011-12 to 2013-14), Barea returned for his second stint with Dallas in 2014-15. The 2019-20 campaign marked his 11th season with the Mavericks.
Barea has played for the Puerto Rican national team on several occasions and was chosen as the flag bearer for the Puerto Rican delegation at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. He also served as the head coach of Puerto Rico’s Indios de Mayaguez, the club he began his professional career with, in the summer of 2017. Barea was the recipient of both the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award and J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2018 after helping lead the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.