Tobias Harris & The Sixers Are One Of NBA’s Toughest Puzzles into CrackSports Illustrated #Created_SketchFebruary 11, 2019
Since trading for Tobias Harris last week, the Sixers start just one player shorter than 6’8″.
Harris was one threat too many—just the kind of versatile forward to break down a tilting defense or shoot over the top of any delay in rotation.
Philadelphia’s starting lineup was already dominant as it was.
What cost the Sixers, more often than not, were the minutes doled out to nondescript role players.
The effects of this have thus far been rather profound; adding another creator to the rotation makes every role player in the mix that much more viable.
It featured Butler, Redick, and Joel Embiid, but also McConnell and new Sixer Mike Scott, who came over in the deal for Harris.
Harris isn’t a shooter in the way that, say, Mike Muscala was a shooter.
Few forwards of any kind are so successful in playing “random basketball.” You can run a play to set up Harris, or to use him as a decoy.
Adding Scott, too, has been an early boon for the Sixers.
Scott doesn’t have to be perfect to help the Sixers.
Harris is a safe bet in a 6-foot-9 frame. The Sixers can trust him to push the ball down the court, and they know that he’ll be ready to spot up at the arc when they need him to. He won’t demand the ball, and he doesn’t need it in his hands all the time to succeed. The Sixers were already flush with star power—with two of their best players flirting with the “super” prefix. Harris, based on talent and his prod…