Dirk: Barnes has 'looked like a franchise player'

No longer hidden behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the NBA’s most high-powered offense, Harrison Barnes has found new life in Dallas.

Though the Mavericks have limped along to a 2-8 start and sit in 14th place in the Western Conference, Barnes has been one of the team’s lone bright spots thus far as franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki continues to nurse an achilles injury.

The fifth-year swingman is averaging a team- and career-high 22.9 points per game, nearly doubling his previous high of 11.7 set last season. He’s already put together three 30-point games — something that he only did once in his four years in Golden State — and has been the clear-cut go-to guy, averaging a team-high 38.1 minutes and 18.3 field goal attempts.

With the 38-year-old Nowitzki now in his 19th season, it’s only a matter of time before the torch is officially passed elsewhere, and Barnes is quickly emerging as the No. 1 candidate to usher in a new era.

“He has the complete package,” Nowitzki told Sporting News in…

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