Tobias Harris Believes He Can Become an All-Star

Apr 13, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Tobias Harris (12) dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Magic forward Tobias Harris is serious. In fact, his teammates nicknamed him “All Business” because of the twenty-one year-old’s focus on and off the court.

When asked by Hoopsworld about how good he thinks he could be, Harris got right to the point..

An All-Star. I mean, I could be an All-Star in this league. And then just go from there. I think I got the ability. I’m in the right situation with the right teammates, the right coaches. I got a lot of confidence in my game. I put a lot of hours in the gym this summer and, you know, I’m ready. So, I’m ready for the season to start.

Harris averaged 17.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in his 27 games with Orlando last season. However, Harris largely benefitted from being an unknown commodity on one of the worst teams in the league. Don’t be surprised if teams starts to game-plan around containing Harris. In order for Harris to make the leap to all-star level he’ll have to be more efficient in 2013/14. Harris shot 45.3% from the field and 31% from three last season with Orlando.  Coach Jacque Vaughn expects those numbers to improve in the 13/14 campaign.

On the other end of the floor, Harris got exposed on the defensive end last year. Last season Harris appeared too small to guard the four and slower than most threes. As he alluded to, Harris spent a lot of the offseason in the gym so he can hold his own down low.

GM Rob Hennigan likes the idea of versatility and Vaughn plans to play Harris at both forward positions during the season. His natural rebounding ability and added muscle could make Harris a better mismatch playing the power forward position this season, while also allowing both Harkless and Afflalo to play out on the wing.

Topics: Aaron Afflalo, Jacque Vaughn, Moe Harkless, Orlando Magic, Rob Hennigan, Tobias Harris

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