Tobias Harris has been discovering recently for the Orlando Magic that he doesn’t need to help the team only in scoring. He’s been coming on nicely on the assists and rebounding part, and game-by-game is getting closer to becoming a complete ballplayer.
The second-year Magic player is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists a game. He obviously wouldn’t mind getting those numbers up, especially rebounding and assists. He’s been doing a better job of that in recent games.
His shooting has been suffering in recent games, but Harris is making up for it in other areas.
The Magic lost to the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 on Wednesday with Harris getting 41 minutes of floor time. He was 5-of-19 from the floor and 1-of-6 in three-point tries, but did wind up with 11 points. His seven rebounds and five assists, plus three blocks, served notice that Harris is finally not obsessed with only scoring points.
In a 111-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, Harris saw 40 minutes of action and was only 6-of-17 from the floor and 0-of-6 from the three-point line. He finally shot some free throws that night and hit 6-of-7. His 18 points were huge. But so were his 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Two nights before that against the Atlanta Hawks, he had 10 rebounds.
Harris needs to focus on all aspects of his game for the rest of this NBA season and going into next year. He’s a dangerous player when it comes to scoring. But now he wants to be a dangerous player in everything.