The Orlando Magic need Tobias Harris to continue to stay healthy if they hope to be a competitive team this season.
They’re not close to being a playoff contender like their Monday night opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Magic are still at the point where they can get more wins and not be saddled with the worst record in the NBA which they sustained a year ago.
But that boils down to having their best players stay healthy and that includes Harris, who in his first 12 games, is at 29.5 minutes, 11.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 40.2 percent from the floor and only 17.5 percent on three-pointers.
That’s a far cry from the 27 games he played with the Magic last season, after coming to Orlando in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, and averaging 36.1 minutes, 13 points, 8.5 rebounds., 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, and shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 31 percent on triples.
That’s why the Magic had high hopes this season for Harris.
Harris missed five weeks during the preseason and some games during the regular season because of a high ankle sprain. He returned for one game, but had too much pain and had to be scratched again and put back on the inactive list. The Magic wanted to make sure he came back 100 percent so that his injury wouldn’t linger throughout the season. He’s been able to play in every game for the Magic since Dec. 13.
Keeping him on the inactive list until he was fully healthy was the wisest decision for the team, and the Magic hope they’ll be rewarded with a heathy Tobias Harris for the rest of the season.