Tobias Harris

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Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris Magic.jpg
Harris with the Magic in December 2013
No. 34 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 26)
Islip, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Half Hollow Hills West
(Dix Hills, New York)
Long Island Lutheran
(Brookville, New York)
College Tennessee (2010–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
20112013 Milwaukee Bucks
20132016 Orlando Magic
20162018 Detroit Pistons
2018–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tobias John "T.J." Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 9 in forward played one season of college basketball for Tennessee before declaring for the 2011 NBA draft where he was drafted 19th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats and then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris has also played for the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons.

High school career[edit]

Harris attended Half Hollow Hills High School West and joined the varsity basketball team as an eighth grader. He played at Half Hollow Hills West until 2008 when he transferred to Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville, New York for his junior year. He then transferred back to Half Hollow Hills West for his senior year and went on to earn the 2010 Mr. New York Basketball. He was also named a 2010 McDonald's All-American.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tobias Harris
F
Dix Hills, New York Half Hollow Hills West HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: No. 7, Scout: No. 4, ESPN: No. 6

College career[edit]

Harris played for the Tennessee Volunteers as a freshman in 2010–11 for coach Bruce Pearl. He played the point forward position, a mix between forward and point guard, in Pearl's offense. A USBWA Freshman All-America second-team selection and one of the nation's most consistent and versatile performers, Harris also was named second-team All-SEC by the league's head coaches and earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. He ranked fifth among all freshmen in the six major conferences with 15.3 points per game. In addition, his 7.3 rebounds per game ranked sixth among all major-conference freshmen.[1]

On May 9, 2011, Harris declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[2]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Tennessee 34 33 29.2 .460 .303 .753 7.3 1.3 .7 .9 15.3

Professional career[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks (2011–2013)[edit]

On June 23, 2011, Harris was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. He was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on draft night.[3] On December 10, 2011, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks.[4] Harris made his NBA debut on January 7, 2012 against the Los Angeles Clippers before tallying a team-high 15 points a night later against the Phoenix Suns on January 8. He appeared in 42 games during his rookie season (nine starts), averaging 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 11.4 minutes per game.

On October 24, 2012, the Bucks exercised their third-year team option on Harris' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2013–14 season.[5]

Orlando Magic (2013–2016)[edit]

On February 21, 2013, Harris was traded, along with Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for J. J. Redick, Gustavo Ayón and Ish Smith.[6] Harris' playing time saw a notable increase in Orlando, and his stats followed suit. Harris more than tripled his points per game average, and more than quadrupled his rebounds, assists and blocks per game.

On October 26, 2013, the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Harris' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[7]

On January 24, 2014, Harris recorded 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in a 114–105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[8] On March 2, 2014, he scored a career-high 31 points in a 92–81 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[9]

On February 6, 2015, Harris set a new career high with 34 points in a 103–97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[10]

On July 14, 2015, Harris re-signed with the Magic to a four-year, $64 million contract.[11][12]

Detroit Pistons (2016–2018)[edit]

Harris in October 2017

On February 16, 2016, Harris was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Ersan İlyasova and Brandon Jennings.[13][14] He made his debut for the Pistons three days later, scoring 21 points off the bench in a 98–86 loss to the Washington Wizards.[15][16] The Pistons finished the regular season as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 44–38 record, earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. However, in their first-round series against the first-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pistons were swept 4–0.

On December 23, 2016, Harris came off the bench for the first time in 2016–17 and subsequently scored a season-high 26 points in a 119–113 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[17] On March 11, 2017, he set a new season high with 28 points in a 112–92 win over the New York Knicks.[18]

On October 25, 2017, Harris matched a career high with 34 points in a 122–101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[19] On November 13, 2017, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday November 6 to Sunday November 12.[20] On December 26, 2017, he scored 21 of his 30 points in the first quarter of the Pistons' 107–83 win over the Indiana Pacers.[21]

Los Angeles Clippers (2018–present)[edit]

On January 29, 2018, Harris, along with Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanović, a future protected first-round draft pick and a future second-round draft pick, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson.[22][23] He made his debut for the Clippers on February 3, scoring 24 points in a 113–103 win over the Chicago Bulls.[24] On February 23, 2018, he recorded 30 points and 12 rebounds in a 128–117 win over the Phoenix Suns.[25]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Milwaukee 42 9 11.4 .467 .261 .815 2.4 .5 .3 .2 5.0
2012–13 Milwaukee 28 14 11.6 .461 .333 .885 2.0 .5 .3 .3 4.9
2012–13 Orlando 27 20 36.1 .453 .310 .721 8.5 2.1 .9 1.4 17.3
2013–14 Orlando 61 36 30.3 .464 .254 .807 7.0 1.3 .7 .4 14.6
2014–15 Orlando 68 63 34.8 .466 .364 .788 6.3 1.8 1.0 .5 17.1
2015–16 Orlando 49 49 32.9 .464 .311 .784 7.0 2.0 1.0 .6 13.7
2015–16 Detroit 27 25 33.4 .477 .375 .911 6.2 2.6 .7 .4 16.6
2016–17 Detroit 82 48 31.3 .481 .347 .841 5.1 1.7 .7 .5 16.1
2017–18 Detroit 48 48 32.6 .451 .409 .846 5.1 2.0 .7 .3 18.1
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 32 32 34.5 .473 .414 .800 6.0 3.1 1.2 .6 19.3
Career 464 344 29.6 .467 .355 .812 5.6 1.7 .8 .5 14.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Detroit 4 4 39.0 .457 .333 .923 9.5 3.0 .8 .8 14.5
Career 4 4 39.0 .457 .333 .923 9.5 3.0 .8 .8 14.5

Personal life[edit]

Harris has three brothers, Tyler, T.J. and Terry, and two sisters, Tori and Tesia. Tyler finished his collegiate basketball career at the Auburn University,[26] while Terry currently plays basketball for Eastern Michigan University.[27] His sister, Tesia, played basketball at St. John's University in Queens, New York.[27] Fellow NBA player and former teammate Channing Frye is Harris' first cousin.[28][29]

With the Orlando Magic, Harris wore number 12 as a tribute to his close friend and former teammate Morgan Childs, who died at age 17 due to leukemia.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tobias Harris Bio". UTSports.com. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "HARRIS, HOPSON DECLARE FOR NBA DRAFT". UTSports.com. May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Madden, Frank (June 24, 2011). "NBA Draft 2011: Big trade, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer highlight Milwaukee Bucks' busy draft day". BrewHoop.com. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Garner, Charles F. (December 10, 2011). "Bucks match offer for Mbah a Moute". JSOnline.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bucks Exercise Contract Options on Harris, Sanders and Udoh". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 24, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Magic Acquire Harris, Lamb and Udrih From Milwaukee; Warrick from Charlotte". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Magic Exercise Contract Options on Harkless, Harris, Nicholson and Vucevic". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 26, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Scanlon, Dick (January 24, 2014). "Notebook: Magic 114, Lakers 105". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Scanlon, Dick (March 2, 2014). "Notebook: Magic 92, 76ers 81". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Harris scores 34, Magic down Lakers 103-97 in overtime". ESPN.com. February 6, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ Denton, John (July 14, 2015). "Harris Thrilled to Be Back With Magic". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Broussard, Chris (July 3, 2015). "Tobias Harris agrees to four-year, $64 million deal with Magic". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Detroit Pistons Acquire Forward Tobias Harris". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ Lowe, Zach (February 16, 2016). "Tobias Harris is worth Detroit's time". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ Quillen, Ian (February 19, 2016). "Wall scores 22 points to help Wizards beat Pistons 98-86". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  16. ^ Langlois, Keith (February 19, 2016). "Harris' sparkling debut can't save Pistons in post-break loss at Washington". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Durant scores 32 in 31 minutes, Warriors top Pistons 119-113". ESPN.com. December 23, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  18. ^ Langlois, Keith (March 11, 2017). "Pistons get back to .500 as Harris leads 20-point win over Knicks". NBA.com. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Harris scores 34, Pistons rout Timberwolves 122-101". ESPN.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Detroit Pistons Forward Tobias Harris Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Smith scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers". ESPN.com. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Harris, Bradley, Marjanović, First & Second-Round Picks". NBA.com. January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Detroit Pistons acquire Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson from LA Clippers". NBA.com. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Harris scores 24 to lead Clippers over Bulls, 113-103". ESPN.com. February 3, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Williams, Clippers rout sinking Suns 128-117". ESPN.com. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2018. 
  26. ^ Sinor, Wesley (May 15, 2015). "Auburn basketball lands Big East transfer Tyler Harris". AL.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "Terry Harris Bio". emueagles.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  28. ^ Ellis, Vince (April 15, 2016). "Tobias Harris, Channing Frye having family reunion in playoffs". freep.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  29. ^ Mayo, David (April 15, 2016). "Cousins Tobias Harris of Pistons, Channing Frye of Cavs square off in playoffs". MLive.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  30. ^ Baker, Barbara (March 16, 2013). "Tobias Harris switches to Orlando and No. 12, deceased childhood chum's number, and takes off". Newsday.com. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 

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