2017 POP Season Review: Tobias Harris
During the 2016-17 season, Pistons’ forward Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game and he was the only Piston to play in all 82 games. Most impressively, Harris achieved the Pistons’ scoring title despite “yo-yoing” between being a starter and the sixth man all season. Here are Tobias’ traditional and advanced stats as a starver vs reserve:
Overall, Harris’ stats are very comparable. However, when Tobias is the sixth man, he is the focal point off the second unit’s offense. Most interestingly, Harris’ biggest discrepancy are his home vs away statistics and it appears he is a lot more focused when playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills:
On December 23, Harris proved just what he could as a sixth man when he dropped 26 points on the Golden State Warriors:
After the Warriors game, coach Stan Van Gundy applauded Harris’ professionalism and character, “Tobias is a good man. He’s only 24; he seems older. He’s a mature man that you can have honest conversations with and he’ll evaluate what you’re saying. There’s not a lot of excuses. If you say something, he’s the kind of guy who’s going to think about it. May not always agree with you, but going to think about it and look in the mirror and try to get better. I appreciate that and I thought his character showed in his play.”
Later in the season, Harris dropped his season high of 28 points against the New York Knicks:
For the 2018-19 season, Harris will assume any role that SVG gives him. Regardless whether he starts or comes of the bench, Harris will continue to be catalyst of the Pistons’ offense. Defensively, Harris’ combination of strength and athleticism allows him to play both forward spots thus he also integral to their defense success.
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