Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Philadelphia 76ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Harris has played on five teams across his eight-year career, but it appears he's finally found a home. The 76ers traded for Harris at the 2018-19 deadline, and he went on to average 18.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 threes for Philly. During the offseason, Harris and the 76ers agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract. Though Harris spent 86 percent of his minutes at power forward while with the 76ers last season, it appears a move to small forward is in the cards after the team acquired Al Horford over the summer. It's possible that will result in some growing pains, as Harris last played primarily small forward during the 2014-15 season. Harris might grab slightly fewer rebounds, but fantasy owners shouldn't have too much concern aside from that. All things considered, Harris' role should be similar to last season, and he should continue providing value mainly as an efficient all-around scorer and rebounder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $180 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2019.
Impresses in preseason win
FPhiladelphia 76ers
October 12, 2019
Harris furnished 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes during the 76ers' 100-87 preseason win over the Hornets on Friday.
Harris showed off his skills as both a scorer and rebounder in the victory, checking in with the second-highest totals in both points and boards for the 76ers. The veteran is slated to shift over to small forward this season with the offseason arrival of Al Horford and the departure of Jimmy Butler in free agency. Harris previously enjoyed success at the position during the early years of his career with the Bucks and Magic, and he'll look to build on the career bests in points (20.0), rebounds (7.9), assists (2.8) and shooting percentage (48.7) he generated last season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Harris split the 2017-18 campaign between the Pistons and Clippers, but finished the year in Los Angeles after being dealt there in the blockbuster Blake Griffin trade. He actually upped his production after switching teams and in 32 games, Harris averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals across 34.5 minutes. He was extremely efficient from beyond the arc, shooting a blistering hot 41.4 percent and knocking down 2.2 per game. Adding on to that, Harris' other percentages were valuable as well, going 47.3 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the free-throw. All in all, Harris produced the multi-category production that Fantasy owners covet and he likely out-performed his draft positioning in many leagues. Owners will have to pay up ahead of the upcoming campaign though, as Harris is once again expected to be a top option offensively for a team that no longer has Griffin or DeAndre Jordan. It seems likely that Harris should be able to mimic the numbers he tallied after getting traded, and he could even up his rebound numbers with Jordan's 15.2 boards per game no longer around, which should make him a top-50 pick in most leagues. He's also missed just five games or less in each of the last six seasons, so the reliability is there as well.
Despite starting just 48-of-82 games during the 2016-17 campaign, Harris ended up leading the Pistons in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game while shooting a career-high 48.1 percent from the field. Most of that rotation was coach Stan Van Gundy moving Jon Leuer in and out of the starting lineup, while allowing Harris to provide a scoring spark off the bench as the team's sixth man. That didn't matter much for Harris' value, though, as he pretty much saw a full workload whether he was starting or leading the charge with the second unit. Harris' value mostly comes from his scoring, but he did add 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 three-pointers across 31.3 minutes. The Pistons made a bunch of moves this offseason, letting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope walk in free agency before trading Marcus Morris to the Celtics in exchange for Avery Bradley. Bradley's addition should cover Caldwell-Pope's role at shooting guard, but Morris' departure should mean a full-time starting gig for Harris. Depending on whether or not Van Gundy wants to go big or small, Harris should start at either small forward or power forward, but that likely won't mean much in terms of changing his Fantasy value. Harris is expected to see a similar workload to the 31.1 minutes he averaged a season ago, which should keep his overall production relatively the same.
Inked to a four-year, $64 million extension with the Magic last July, Harris was viewed as a foundational player in Orlando's rebuild, and was expected to make great strides in 2015-16 while reuniting with coach Scott Skiles, who formerly oversaw Harris when the two were in Milwaukee together. A breakthrough in Orlando didn't materialize, however, with Harris averaging 13.7 points per game -- his lowest figure since joining the Magic three years earlier -- along with 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per game. Harris' lack of rim protection further lessened his impact, especially when he was paired alongside the defensively-challenged Nikola Vucevic. In determining that he was no longer a fit in their long-term vision, the Magic decided to deal Harris while his youth and upside still intrigued other teams, ultimately settling on sending him to the Pistons prior to the deadline. The 24-year-old would quickly slide into the starting lineup at the forward spot opposite Marcus Morris and seemed to find his place with his new team as an effective complementary scorer, averaging 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 treys over 33.4 minutes per game in 27 appearances. As his time with the Magic over the past year indicates, an organization can fall in and out of love with Harris quickly, but for now, the Pistons believe they have their power forward of the present and future. Harris is far from a finished product, so with some improvement on the defensive end and from the three-point line, he could eventually develop into a fringe All-Star player.
Last season, Harris rebounded from a poor 2013-14 season marred by a lingering high ankle sprain suffered in training camp to register his best season as a pro. In 35 minutes per contest over a career-high 68 games, Harris averaged 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 1.3 three-pointers per game. He was able to drastically improve his three-point shooting to a career-high 36 percent, a 10-percent surge, by abusing the corners. Harris finished as one of the deadliest post-up scorers, converting 51 percent on such plays. However, he routinely stalled the offense with his methodical play style and regressed on the defensive end, displaying lackluster effort in isolation and team sets. Although his first stint with current Magic coach Scott Skiles in Milwaukee was subject to limited playing time and an eventual trade, both have publicly denied any rift in their working relationship, and that bodes well for Harris. Fresh off signing a four-year, $64 million deal, Harris is expected to resume a similar role this upcoming season.
Tobias Harris will enter his fourth NBA season at the ripe age of 22. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 30 minutes per game through 61 games. Harris shot 46 percent from the field on 11.7 attempts per game and 81 percent from the free-throw line on 4.0 attempts per game. A preseason ankle injury derailed his start last season, and a position change - combined with a minutes reduction - ensured reduced production across the board as Harris was unable to live up to his post-trade 27-game output from when he first joined the Magic at the trade deadline in 2012-13. In actuality, his Per-36 minute stats were nearly identical, with a noticeable dip in blocks as he played more minutes at small forward. Harris did see his field goal percentage increase roughly three percent every month last season, coinciding with improved rhythm and his stint as a reserve the final two months of the season. The addition of his cousin Channing Frye mucks up frontcourt minutes, and Harris's inability to knock down three-pointers consistently may slot him into Orlando's sixth man role. Harris shot just 25 percent from beyond the arc last season.
In 27 games with the Magic last season, Harris averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game. His shooting percentages of .453/.310/.721 and his 1.8 turnovers per game didn't do much harm either. To put those initial numbers into perspective, they are almost identical to Paul Millsap's career season in 2010-11, with Harris having the edge in three-pointers and Millsap having a similar edge in field-goal percentage. The difference of course is that this was Harris's first taste of a legitimate role on an NBA team, while Millsap was in the prime of his career. At 21 years old, it's not unrealistic to expect Harris to improve across the board in 2013-14. Given that he did all this on a bad team late in the season, and lacks a lengthy track record for fantasy excellence, he should be a bargain on draft day, and has a chance to lead all small forwards in rebounding, even though he'll primarily play the four for the Magic. The number one question is whether the playing time will be up at the level it was for him last season after coming to Orlando in the J.J. Redick trade. He certainly did enough to earn big minutes again, but the Magic were without Glen Davis at that point, and they also have capable youngsters in Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson, who like Harris and unlike Davis, are part of the long-term plan. It's possible that Harris is the best player on the team, so he should be safe from a playing time perspective, but that would be the No. 1 argument against a breakout year for Harris.
He did not make much of an impact during his rookie season, but the Bucks have more in store for Harris during the 2012-13 season. Harris improved so much during the offseason that he will enter the current campaign as the Bucks’ starting small forward. Harris will compete for minutes with several players, but averaged about 20 minutes per game during the preseason and figures to play a similar number when the real games start. Harris shouldn’t be counted on for a big fantasy impact, but the 20-year-old is a player on the rise.
Harris was selected 19th overall in this year’s draft after playing just one season, albeit a very good one, at Tennessee. He has good size and can get to the free throw line, but as the youngest player in the league, he’ll likely be more of a project than a contributor in his rookie year.
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Staying in Philly
FPhiladelphia 76ers
June 30, 2019
Harris and Philadelphia came to terms Sunday on a five-year, $180 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Double-doubles in Game 7 loss
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 12, 2019
Harris had 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 42 minutes during Sunday's 92-90 loss to Toronto.
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Well-rounded stat line in win
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 2, 2019
Harris finished with 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks across 37 minutes in the 76ers' win over the Raptors on Thursday.
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Fills stat sheet in Game 1 loss
FPhiladelphia 76ers
April 27, 2019
Harris recorded 14 points (6-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 15 rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 108-95 Game 1 loss to the Raptors.
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Solid all-around contributions
FPhiladelphia 76ers
April 23, 2019
Harris finished with 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in Tuesday's win over the Nets.
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