Tobias Harris Hoping To Blend In With Orlando Magic's Top Draft Pick

By John Raffel
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Tobias Harris was excited about the last 26 games of the NBA regular season for the Orlando Magic, but he’s also looking forward to Thursday’s draft to see the talented player that the Magic are able to pick up with the No. 2 overall selection.

Speculation continues that the Magic will be selecting shooting guard Ben McLemore with their pick and, as a result, will solidify the perimeter game to a major degree. How that impacts the overall game remains to be seen, but Harris is likely to be among the talented forwards the Magic will be putting on the floor.

He will turn 21-years old in July and has just two years of NBA experience, but the youth movement is what the Magic is promoting and Harris fits nicely into that.

Harris was going nowhere in his career until he came to the Magic from the Milwaukee Bucks. With the Bucks, Harris was averaging 11.6 minutes, 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Harris averaged 36.1 minutes, 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game with the Magic.

The 6-foot-8 forward found new life in his career and is definitely figuring into the Magic’s rebuilding plans for this season and beyond.

The presence of Harris and other forwards on the Magic roster is why Orlando isn’t expected to go for a forward in the draft, even if the Cleveland Cavaliers do not take Nerlens Noel with the first pick. If the Cavaliers go with McLemore, which they are not expected to do, the Magic would probably look for another guard or perhaps another forward to complement Harris’ talents.

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