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.
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.