2013 NBA Trade Deadline: Was Tobias Harris the Hidden Gem in Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick Deal?

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Dec 12, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris (15) during the game against the Sacramento Kings at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks won 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Tobias Harris is a former “one and done” player of the Tennessee Volunteers. He was taken No. 19 overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft, and his ability to put the ball in the basket was regarded as superb; GMs felt Harris could be a big time scorer in the NBA.

Harris was traded from the Bobcats to the Bucks as part of a four-team trade before his rookie season began.

What caused Harris to fall in the draft, however, is the fact he is a tweener and he’s not a very good defender of small forwards or power forwards. In addition to that, his physical conditioning was subpar and his jumper shaky.

All those areas may have caused Harris to fall in the draft, but his talent certainly rendered him a sure-fire first rounder and he had no incentive to remain at Tennessee after averaging 15.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman in just under 30 minutes a night.

As a 4-man, Harris can stretch the floor. He’s shooting a respectable 33 percent from behind the arc this year, and he knocks down his free throws at a high clip (88 percent). He has played sparingly, but posted an average PER for an NBA shooting guard in his first two seasons of 13.8. His per-36 numbers are good: 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and just under a block and steal.

Can Harris become a starter and post a line similar to his per-36 stats?

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