Gary Harris
Gary Harris
24-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Though injuries have limited Harris to 124 games over the past two years, he’s shown significant improvement across his first four campaigns. The soon-to-be 24-year-old out of Michigan State set career highs in points (17.5), steals (1.8), three-pointers per game (2.3) and free-throw percentage (82.7) last season. He doesn't provide much by way of supplementary stats (2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds), but his efficient, high-volume shooting and defense paves the way to Fantasy relevance. Harris is still young enough to keep improving, and it’s possible he crosses the 20-point per game threshold if he can evolve as a ball handler and get more aggressive taking the ball to the rack -- not to mention continue hitting threes at a high volume. Considering that his stats don't jump off the page, Fantasy owners may be able to get Harris in drafts later than his value might indicate. Assuming he stays relatively healthy and improves even marginally, Harris is worthy of a fourth-round pick, if not a late third. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract extension with Denver in Oct. of 2017.
Enjoys best season to date
GDenver Nuggets
April 13, 2018
Harris produced 17.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds across 67 games played for Denver during the 2017-18 NBA season.
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Harris managed to shoot 48.5 percent from the floor, 39.6 percent from deep and 82.7 percent from the charity strip this season on his way to 1,170 total points. The Michigan State product scored 20 or more points safely in 23 games while dropping a career high 36 points two times this year. Harris is signed through the next four season with the Nuggets and will make about $16.5 million during the 2018-19 season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While a foot injury ultimately limited him to 57 games last year, Harris put together another solid campaign overall. He averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals across 31.0 minutes. More impressively, Harris showed vast improvement with his deep ball and made the jump from 35.4 percent shooting from the three-point line in 2015-16 to an impressive 42 percent, making him the team's top threat from distance. Harris also shot 50 percent from the field, which was one of the best percentages for guards in the entire league. With very little depth on this team at the shooting guard position, Harris will remain in the top unit once again and should see a similar workload to last season. The addition of superstar Paul Millsap in the offseason could ultimately drop Harris' overall usage, though that shouldn't hurt Harris' numbers much. Harris likely won't be able to keep pace with his stellar shooting percentages from last year, but otherwise, his production should remain relatively unchanged as a whole. Harris should do most of his work as the team's third option behind Millsap and rising star Nikola Jokic, though his efficiency and points should give him plenty of potential as a late-round pick.
After a quiet rookie season, Harris was among the NBA's more improved players in 2015-16, nearly tripling his minutes and starting all 76 games in which he appeared. Harris averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from three-point range. As Harris enters his age-22 season, he should only continue to progress from an individual standpoint. However, the Nuggets' extreme depth on the wing may stand in the way of a full-on breakout. Denver added a pair of promising shooting guards, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley, through the draft, while wings Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari return to full health after missing significant time with injuries last season. Harris' grip on the starting shooting guard spot doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy, but the team will have to find room to develop the rookies, particularly Murray, whose long-term upside is arguably higher than that of Harris. At the end of the day, Harris should remain an adequate source of efficient scoring at the shooting guard position, but he's probably best left untouched until the later rounds of most drafts.
Harris made a splash in his rookie debut with the Nuggets last season by throwing down a nasty dunk against the Pacers, and Denver fans will hope for more of that this season, but Harris may be stuck on the bench due to the Nuggets' depth on the wing.. In 55 games last season, Harris got six starts and averaged 13 minutes per game. In his limited playing time, Harris averaged 3.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.7 steals. His percentages were lacking though, as he shot 30 percent from the field, 20 percent from three-point range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. These types of percentages simply don't get it done in fantasy, but they seem a bit fluky as he proved to be a better shooter in his college days. He has great defensive potential, as he was trained under hard-nosed Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. In order to be a player at Michigan State, you have to hustle and you have to play defense, and that's what Harris does with his elite athleticism. Even with these nice attributes, it will be tough for Harris to carve out a significant role with the Nuggets as the depth at guard is far too deep. Harris will likely be behind Wilson Chandler, Will Barton, and Randy Foye on the depth chart, so it will take some injuries for him to play any significant minutes this season. With all that said, it's still believed that Harris' skill set could lead to him playing a significant role in the NBA someday, and with new coach Mike Malone in Denver, it's worth watching what happens with Harris in training camp before completely writing him off.
The Nuggets selected Harris with the 19th-overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Michigan State product was one of the top players in the country, averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists as a sophomore last season. While he's one of the draft's top outside shooters, Harris fell out of the lottery, partially due to the fact that he's a bit undersized (6-4) for the shooting guard spot. Size wasn't an issue at Michigan State, but against the bigger, stronger bodies of the NBA, it's certainly a concern. With Arron Afflalo returning to Denver to team with Ty Lawson, Harris stands little-to-no chance of cracking the starting backcourt, barring an injury. He'll compete with 2013 second-round pick Erick Green and veteran Randy Foye for minutes off the bench.
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Doesn't have minutes limit Wednesday
GDenver Nuggets
April 11, 2018
Harris does not have a minutes limit for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Timberwolves, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports. According to coach Michael Malone, "If I have to play Gary Harris 30 minutes tonight, I'll play Gary Harris 30 minutes."
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Pours in 12 off bench in return
GDenver Nuggets
April 10, 2018
Harris (knee) compiled 12 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound and two steals across 18 minutes in an 88-82 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.
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To see 14-to-18 minutes off bench Monday
GDenver Nuggets
April 9, 2018
Harris (knee) has been cleared to play in Monday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, but will have a restriction of 14-to-18 minutes off the bench, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Likely to return Monday
GDenver Nuggets
Knee
April 9, 2018
Harris (knee) is likely to play in Monday's game against the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Listed as questionable
GDenver Nuggets
Knee
April 9, 2018
Harris (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's matchup with the Blazers, Gina Mizell of the Denver Post reports.
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