One of the nicest things to happen to the Orlando Magic during the 2012-13 NBA season was the addition of Tobias Harris to their roster for 27 games. Now they’re waiting to see what he can do for the team for 82 games. There’s no reason not to think the Magic won’t be pleased with what they get.
Tobias started 20 of the 27 games in a Magic uniform and gave the team outstanding help at the small and power forward positions. He averaged 36.1 minutes, 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks, and shot 45.3 percent from the floor, 31.0 percent on three-pointers and 72.1 percent on free throws. It showed what Harris can do if he gets considerable playing minutes.
He played 28 games for the Milwaukee Bucks prior to coming to Orlando last season, and with the Bucks he averaged 11.6 minutes 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds a game while shooting 46 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent on threes and 88.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Harris can give the Magic both scoring and rebounding power. Now that the Magic have some more weapons via their offseason moves, he has to figure out how to keep doing his job while allowing others to step in and help the franchise win games.
Harris is versatile enough to play either forward position. He gives the Magic special energy on the court and has a strong ability to create plays off the bounce. Magic coaches hope to see him work for easier shots and move effectively without the ball to get the open shot. His offensive rebounding is also strong.
Victor Oladipo has the Magic excited about the future. But don’t forget about Tobias Harris. He’s going to be a major impact player for the Magic.