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2011 NBA Draft Profile: Tobias Harris

Well, since I've been defending Tobias Harris quite a bit on the other post, I'll go ahead and do a full scouting report on the 6'8" 223 pound SF from the University of Tennessee.

Draft projection: Late lottery at the earliest

NBA comparison: Shane Battier with more offense

Pros:

  • Physical tools
  • Good, maybe great athleticism
  • Great balance
  • Terrific in the open court
  • Finishes above the rim
  • Finishes around the rim well
  • Doesn't try to do too much
  • Good defender now, maybe great later on
  • Doesn't turn 20 until July
  • Very good rebounder
  • NBA body
  • High basketball IQ

Cons:

  • Jumper is good, but still needs work
  • Fundamentals need a little work
  • Ball handling skills aren't bad, but not great
  • Average at best 3 point shot
  • Turnovers are a problem at times

Tobias Harris' biggest strength is his versatility. He's a legitimate two way player. He's a good defender, and has an above average offensive game. He uses his athleticism so well in the open court. I've said it so many times but it's the biggest thing that jumps out on film.

Besides being a great athlete and a versatile player, he's only 19. He has good upside on both sides of the court, especially defensively. He's already a good defender, but has the ability to be a terrific one. To go along with his good athleticism, he has a long wingspan of 6'11", and has an NBA ready body at 223 pounds.

Offensively, I think he's going to be a 15 PPG type of player, with most of his points coming in the open floor or from catch-and-shoot opportunities. That doesn't mean he cannot create his own shot, because he can, it's just not his strength. Another thing that's going to get him points is the FT line. He shot 76% from the line last year, and with his athleticism, he'll get to the line regularly.

This is definitely the type of player that Morey likes. Harris can do almost everything in the stat category, while being above average in 2, maybe 3 of them. He's not a super efficient player, but he shot 46%, which is good enough.

Some people say this guy is not worth the 14th pick, and I disagree. The only person who I would take over Harris SF wise is Chris Singleton, assuming Leonard doesn't fall. Hamilton has more talent, but his basketball IQ is not nearly on the same level as Harris' is.

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