Tobias Harris Continues To Prove His Incredible Value To Orlando Magic
Tobias Harris has had a decent season for the Orlando Magic. But unless his team wins its regular-season finale Wednesday at the Miami Heat, its 20-62 record will be its second worst in 24 NBA seasons. The Magic’s first team in 1989-90 was 18-64. No other team has had such a poor record until this year’s squad.
It’s been a frustrating year for the Magic, which obviously failed miserably in its hopes of surviving life after Dwight Howard. Harris has established himself as hope for the future by averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
He gave the Magic crowd one last look at his talents for this season with another fine performance in a 102-84 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Harris was 8-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the foul-line for 20 points. He added four assists and four rebounds. He’s starting to show he can be a consistent player that the Magic can rely on for an 82-game schedule.
Harris’ last three games continue to show the Magic they have a player here who can form the nucleus of their post-Howard rebuilding plans. He had a strong performance against the Boston Celtics in a 120-88 loss on Saturday.
But the performance he had a week ago against the team that sent him to Orlando earlier this year, the Milwaukee Bucks, will remain his signature moment. He went 13-of-20 from the floor for 30 points and 19 rebounds.
Harris is only 20 years old, but his potential appears to be incredible. The franchise needs to make sure they invest as much as they can in him for the future. He’ll be worth it.