Dallas Mavericks are expecting Harrison Barnes to be a primary scorer

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Harrison Barnes is all set for a new challenge after his four-year spell with the Golden State Warriors came to an end. He joins friend Andrew Bogut in switching California for Texas and the Dallas Mavericks.

The small forward was never a primary player with the Dubs. He was a starter but there was no doubting he fell behind the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. In Dallas, he will not encounter that problem.

Big things are expected of the 24-year-old by his new franchise. It may take time, but the 2011 champions are relying on him to lead the team alongside Dirk Nowitzki next season.

As per ESPN, Rick Carlisle confirmed as much by saying: "He's been a championship-level system player for Golden State for several years, and he's coming into a situation where we're going to need him to be more of a primary guy.

"It's going to take time to develop the mentality, make sure we're getting him in the right situations to do it, but he has the ability and he's a worker. I'm confident that he'll get there."

Barnes is a player who struggles off the dribble but certainly has his strengths of both ends of the floor. Defending is his forte, but he will need to become more of a threat on offence to warrant the max contract that Dallas has afforded him.

The team will be hoping that his confidence is not affected by the performances in the NBA Finals that saw him struggle to knock down jump shots in games five, six and seven against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It will be a real test of his character to see if Barnes has the ability to bounce back from that disappointment, but it says a lot about his quality that the Warriors were sad to see him go despite signing Kevin Durant.

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