With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Doc Rivers will trot out a revamped roster, and arguably the most important player to the team’s success will be Tobias Harris. The 26-year-old forward was acquired at the trade deadline last season in a blockbuster trade involving Blake Griffin.
While the Clippers received a first-round pick as well, Harris was the centerpiece of the deal. He’s the prototypical forward in the modern NBA, as he can play the small and power forward positions, and he can stretch the floor by shooting three-pointers.
During the 2017-18 season, Harris averaged 18.6 PPG and 5.5 RPG. With the Clippers, though, Harris scored 19.3 PPG and shot 47.3 percent from the field. His 41.4 three-point percentage in LA made him quite valuable and ranked Harris in the upper echelon of forwards shooting from distance.
With seven years of NBA experience, Harris will serve as one of the team’s best players and an elder statesman for the younger players, mainly Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson–both of whom figure to occupy key roles for the team.
Harris’ ability to switch on defense, particularly when paired with Danilo Gallinari, makes the Clippers long and athletic. The duo will give the Clippers shooting that had long been missing during the Lob City era.
In addition, Harris should play his best basketball, as he is entering a contract year. According to reports, the Clippers were unable to reach a 4-year, $80 million extension with Harris prior to the season. However, talks were “amicable” and he should serve as a focal point for the team throughout this season and beyond.
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