Gary Harris
Gary Harris
26-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
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Injury Thigh
Est. Return 3/2/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In terms of production, Harris is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career in which he averaged 10.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 three-pointers per game. The 26-year-old Denver guard shot the ball terribly last season, at 42% from two-point range and 33.3% from three-point land. Despite his poor offensive numbers, Harris still received plenty of minutes at 31.8 per game thanks to his defensive talents. The Nuggets have a plethora of skilled points guards and shooting guards as they showed in their run to the Western Conference Finals last season, so Harris will likely need to step it up if he's going to remain entrenched as the team's starting shooting guard. However, given his regression over the last few seasons it's difficult to be optimistic that the 26-year-old can regain the form that saw him average 17.5 points and shoot 48.5% from the field in the 2017-18 campaign. Harris has never played a full season, having dealt with various nagging injuries over the course of his six previous seasons in the league. A healthy 2020-21 season and improved shooting would do wonders for his fantasy value, which is currently rather unexciting. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension with the Nuggets in October of 2017.
Personal Bio

In 1994, Harris was born in Fishers, Indiana. He is the son of Gary and Joy Harris. His mother was a star at Purdue before playing in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock and two ABL teams. Harris attended Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers. He starred for both the basketball and football teams. For football, he played wide receiver. In the fall of 2019, Harris hosted the Strikes for Kids bowling event in Denver, recognizing local youth with free bicycles for academic and athletic achievements. Follow Harris on Twitter and Instagram (@thats_g_).

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The Spartans spent a few years looking for a top shooting guard after Kalin Lucas left the program in 2010. Harris seemed like the perfect fit for Michigan State: a tough-defending guard who could hit plenty of three-pointers. He started all but one game as a freshman and converted 41.1 percent of his long-range shots. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 20 points or more four times, including a season-high 23 points in the win over Memphis in the NCAA Tournament. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and averaged 12.9 points and 1.3 steals. As a sophomore, Harris took a larger role in the offense, leading the team with 16.7 points while converting 35.2 percent of his three-point attempts. He opened the season with back-to-back 20-point games and had his lone double-double in the opener against McNeese State. Harris put up a season-high 27 points in a loss to Michigan, but he gained some measure of revenge by helping the Spartans beat the Wolverines for the Big Ten Tournament championship with 15 points. Michigan State advanced to the Elite Eight and Harris averaged 14.0 points in the Big Dance. After his sophomore season, Harris announced that he would head to the NBA. Harris was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was later traded to the Denver Nuggets on draft night.

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February 28, 2021
Harris (thigh) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bulls, Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Harris will sit for the 12th time in the past 13 games as he continues to recover from a left thigh strain. The 26-year-old's availability for the second half of the back-to-back set Tuesday at Milwaukee is also in doubt.
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2019

Harris turned in another solid season as a three-and-D producer for the Nuggets in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 10.4 points per game -- his fifth straight year in double digits -- along with 1.3 threes and 1.4 steals while starting 55 times in 56 appearances. The sixth-year man scored in double digits 28 times. His biggest performance on offense came Nov. 30 against the Kings, when Harris dropped 25 points with a season-high-tying four threes along with a trio of steals and two blocks. Harris recorded multi-steal games on 22 occasions, racking up a season-high five -- along with 18 points -- Mar. 7 against Cleveland. Despite ankle, leg, groin, hip and thigh issues nagging him throughout the campaign, Harris worked his way back every time. That included returning to the lineup during the playoffs after missing seeding play in the Orlando bubble. After coming off the bench twice to close out the Nuggets' first-round series against Utah, Harris served as a starter for the club's remaining 12 playoff games, averaging 8.0 points with 1.5 threes and 1.2 steals. In his finest performance of the postseason, Harris picked up 16 points, four assists and four steals to help down the Clippers in Game 6 of the second round.

2018

Gary Harris played in 57 games (48 starts) for the Nuggets in 2018-19. Harris got out of the blocks quickly with at least 10 points in 17 of his first 18 games, including a season-best 28 in a victory over Golden State. On Nov. 30, Harris dropped 27 points during a 113-112 win over Portland. Harris displayed his defensive abilities by registering two or more steals in 16 appearances. He also proved his dependable with the ball, generating a 1.87 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season. Persistent lower-body injuries would result in a total of 25 missed games, although Harris appeared in the Nuggets' final 39 regular season and post-season match-ups. On Mar. 6, the 24-year old delivered an impressive 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists on the road versus the Lakers. Harris improved his play during the playoffs. He recorded 14.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game over back-to-back seven-game series. Harris also improved in other categories by logging 37 minutes a night and boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio just below 3:1. Harris' Nuggets would eventually lose to Portland in the second round of the playoffs.

2017

In his fourth NBA season, Harris continued to be a versatile threat for the Nuggets. During the 2017-18 season, he averaged per game career highs in points (17.5), steals (1.8), three-pointers (2.3) and minutes played (34.4). Harris also shot a career-best 82.7 percent from the free-throw line. The guard has always been an efficient shooter. He has shot at least 46.9 percent from the field in each of the past three years. Over the season, Harris had 21 games in which he posted at least three steals, including five contests in which he posted five thefts or more. Harris's six steals in a Nov. 7 win over Brooklyn set a new career-best mark. On Dec. 3, Harris scored a career-high 36 points, to go with six assists and two steals, during a close loss at Boston. On Dec. 12, Harris dished a career-high-tying nine assists, plus snagged four steals, during a win at Detroit. He again posted 36 points on Jan. 3 during a home win over the Suns. A knee injury forced Harris to miss 11 straight games near the end of the season, but he returned in time (Apr. 9) to deliver two double-digit scoring efforts to close out the year.

2016

In his third NBA season, Harris appeared in 57 games for the Nuggets, making 56 starts. He missed time due to a variety of injuries, including a right foot injury that cost him 16 games in November and December. Harris posted then-career-bests in scoring (14.9 PPG), assists (2.9 APG) and rebounds (3.1 RPG) while also adding 1.2 steals per contest. The Michigan State product scored a season-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting in a March 20 win over the Rockets. Against the Wizards on March 8, Harris hit six three-pointers on his way to 26 points. Harris handed out a season-high nine assists in a win over the Pelicans on April 7. He also chipped in six rebounds to go with 20 points. Versus the Mavericks on April 11, Harris posted 20 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds. Over the final 18 games of the regular season, Harris averaged 17.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 35.7 minutes on the court.

2015

Harris made a major leap in his second NBA season, starting all 76 games in which he appeared for the Nuggets. The Michigan State product posted averages of 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes per contest. A first-rounder in 2014, Harris shot 46.9 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three and 82.0 percent at the line. Harris had five games with at least 20 points, including three games with a season-high 21 points. Against the Trail Blazers on Dec. 30, Harris posted 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 41 minutes. He hit a season-high six free throws (6-6 FT), to go with 15 points and seven rebounds, in a loss to Boston on Jan. 27. From Feb. 24 to Mar. 28, Harris scored in double-figures in 18 consecutive games. In that span, he averaged 15.4 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting.

2014

Gary Harris was technically drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But in a draft day trade, Harris and fellow rookie Jusuf Nurkic (14th overall pick) were traded by Chicago to Denver in exchange for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph. Harris saw action in 55 games for the Nuggets, making six starts. He averaged 13.1 minutes per contest, which he translated to 3.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game. The Michigan State product made his NBA debut Nov. 14 in Indiana, playing 18 minutes off the bench and finishing with a season-high 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Harris had a season-high three steals and a season-high four rebounds against the Suns on Nov. 28. In a home win over Miami on Dec. 10, Harris handed out a season-high 10 assists. On Feb. 23 against the Nets, Harris made his first career start and posted 10 points and two rebounds in 26 minutes. Against the Clippers on Apr. 13, Harris hit a season-high three three-pointers en route to matching his season-high of 13 points.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2014
    Signed a rookie contract with the Denver Nuggets
  • October 12, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets
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Persistent lower-body injuries allowed Harris to appear in just 57 games last year, and he clearly wasn't himself when on the court. He posted four-year lows in minutes (28.8), field-goal percentage (42.4), three-point percentage (33.9) and steals (1.0) per game. Losing time to injury is nothing new for Harris, who is averaging just 64.3 games per season once becoming a full-time starter in 2015-16. But he demonstrated his potential in 2017-18, averaging 17.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.8 steals across 34.4 minutes. Entering his age 25 season, Harris will look to bounce back to those numbers and continue his development within one of the top young cores in the NBA. While the Michigan State product won't provide much in terms of assists and rebounds, his upside as a three-and-D player is enough to be worth a late-round selection in most fantasy drafts.
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.
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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Remains out Saturday
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February 26, 2021
Harris (thigh) has been ruled out for Saturday's game at Oklahoma City, Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Out again Thursday
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February 24, 2021
Harris (thigh) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Wizards, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports.
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Missing third straight game
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February 22, 2021
Harris (thigh) will remain out for Tuesday's game against Portland, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
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Remains out Sunday
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February 20, 2021
Harris (thigh) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Ruled out Friday
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February 18, 2021
Harris (thigh) won't play Friday against the Cavaliers due to a left adductor strain.
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