As the 2013/14 season draws to a close one of Orlando Magic's priorities is to find a role that best suits Tobias Harris. The third-year combo forward has seen his productivity slip in his first full season with Orlando, posting per-game averages of 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on 44.2 percent shooting. Coach Jacque Vaughn has confidence that Harris will return to form, but he's still trying to suss out how to play to Harris' strengths. "The interesting part about Tobias is which unit is he best with? First unit? Second unit?" Vaughn said at a Magic practice before the team embarked on its current roadtrip. "I talked about that, still trying to find where he's most efficient at. I think we're still in the process of feeling that out. We're healthy now, but can he get looks throughout the course of the game with certain personnel? That's still to be determined, I think." In 2013, Harris put up great numbers after Orlando acquired him from the Milwaukee Bucks in part because injuries to Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, and Jameer Nelson thrust him into a featured offensive role. With those three players healthy for much of the 2013/14 campaign, Harris has taken on a reduced role. "I think at that time [of the trade], he probably was leading us in shot attempts," said Vaughn. "I think as a team, as a whole right now, that's not gonna be the case for him on a nightly basis." Vaughn's right: in his first half-season in pinstripes, Harris averaged 16.5 shooting possessions--a term which refers to shot attempts and weighted free-throw tries--per game to lead the Magic. In the 2013/14 season, however, that number has dipped to 13.7, trailing Afflalo (16.8) and rookie guard Victor Oladipo (13.8).
As season winds down, Magic trying to find the right role for Tobias Harris
Orlando Pinstriped Post | Feb 28