A First Look at Tobias Harris

I'll start by saying I don't recall seeing him play live, but I've been following draft prospects very closely as of late.  Here's a first look at the New Buck (assuming that proposed trade goes thru).  On first thought, I like the pick, he seems like a good fit with us if he can improve his skills and play Small Forward.  I don't think he should be played at both, the Bucks I think should just convert him to SF.


Tobias Harris

SF/PF Tennessee

6' 7.75" 223 lbs.  6'11" wingspan.

2010-11 STATS
15.3 1.3 .303 7.3 0.9 0.7

He has some balanced stats, good scoring and rebounding, while shooting a respectable 3-pt shooting %.  His shooting and overall skills should definietly improve since he's only 18 years old. 




Above is a highlight video of Harris.  When you look at his athleticism and skillset, he looks like he should fit best at Small Forward in the league.  He is only 18, so he will have time to improve his ballhandling and offense to be better suited for SF.  At 3:40 they show him shooting some 3's, and he has good mechanics, and he didn't shoot a great % (30%) but he will improve.  I have no doubts that he will be able to practice and work hard enough to play SF because scouts and analysts absolutely rave about his work ethic.

Meanwhile, he already is a good defender (something Scott Skiles can't get enough of, and that irks alot of us fans).  He has good athleticism and length to guard 3's, but will have to improve his agility and lateral quickness a little bit.


The Verdict: 

I kinda like this pick, since he is a good defender but he is by no means a Luc Mbah a Moute v.2.  Harris scored 15 points per game, and hit a fair amount of 3-pt shots.  He can run in the open floor and finish in the break, and can handle the ball pretty well.  And on top of all of that, he's only 18 so every aspect of his game will improve.  If his ballhandling and shooting don't improve enough, he might be caught in between positions and not be successful.  Or, his offense might not come along enough for him to be the player we expect him to be.  But overall, I think this is a decent pick for the Bucks.  You could argue that Marshon Brooks or Motiejunas would have been better selections, but not bad for the Bucks here in my opinion. 

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