Culture of Hoops

The growth of Orlando Magic youth

[tps_title]Tobias Harris[/tps_title]

Image courtesy of RMTip21/Flickr.

Image courtesy of RMTip21/Flickr.

Harris is one of the more interesting young pieces the Magic have. He’s versatile in that he can play either forward position, and can do a multitude of things on the court. However, there are also still a lot of unanswered questions regarding Harris going forward.

Harris fell behind some early in the year due to a high ankle sprain, which he suffered in the preseason. He missed 21 of the team’s first 22 games, and later in the year admitted he was still playing through some pain in the ankle. Despite the injury, Harris showed the same hard work and scoring ability that the team saw after acquiring him mid-season from the Milwaukee Bucks last year.

Harris split time between starting and coming off the bench this season, excelling in whichever situation he was put in. During the team’s exit interviews, Harris was asked what he would like to see his role as next season, to which he had this to say, “It doesn’t matter. I’m the type of player, you know I’ve showed it this year, whatever role you want me at I’m going to excel at it. I’m not going to pout. I’m just gonna come out to work everyday and do what I can for my teammates everyday. I just think the biggest thing for me is winning and getting into a position where we can win games; whatever role that may be for me, I know I’ll be part of it and I’ll just excel at it.”

The former Tennessee Volunteer continued to find ways to score the ball at a reasonably high rate, while rebounding the ball exceptionally well also. He’s a nightmare for power forwards to guard, but has trouble on the defensive end against both forward positions. He’s going to be up for a contract extension soon, so the team will need to make a decision regarding Harris relatively quickly.

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