Round: 2011 NBA Finals, Game 5
Matchup: Heat @ Mavericks
Stats: 6-for-11, 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists
Undrafted out of Northeastern University, JJ Barea looked like someone destined for a lifetime toiling away in Europe or China. After signing with Dallas' D-League affiliate, however, Barea quickly showed that he belonged on an NBA roster, and in the 2011 Finals introduced himself to the world as a premier bench scorer. His huge effort off the bench helped spark the Mavericks to a pivotal Game 5 win, as Barea buried four of his five three-point attempts to help knock off the favored Heat.