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

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Harris will challenge rookie Maurice Harkless for playing time and could crack the starting lineup as a small forward. He’s less likely to do so playing power forward, but he’ll see minutes backing up Andrew Nicholson, particularly when the Magic want to go small.

Nov 14, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris (15) dunks during the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 99-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Harris shot 68.1 percent in the basket area as a rookie, and his ability to finish well at the basket may make him best at the small forward position. In a Carmelo Anthony-like fashion, he could back down a lot of small forwards and become a go-to player in the Magic’s second unit, where scoring has been a problem for the Magic.

Harris is a good player whose upside is still very high. The Magic didn’t just clear cap room with the Redick trade, but also acquired a guy who was good enough to be a one and done college player. Harris may never be the type to become an All-Star, but he has that kind of talent. At the very worst, he’ll be an instant offense type of guy off the bench.

There’s always value in a guy who can put the ball in the basket, and that’s the type of player Harris is at this point: a good young scorer who can become a nice role player in the NBA.

The Magic could have done far worse than acquiring a player of Harris’ potential.

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Topics: 2011 NBA Draft, 2013 NBA Trade Deadline, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA Trade Rumors, Orlando Magic, Tobias Harris, Trade Rumors

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