Brian Schmitz Magic Insider
10:29 PM EST, February 27, 2013
Apparently, Magic GM Rob Hennigan was such a fan of Tobias Harris that he wasn't interested in trading J.J. Redick to Milwaukee unless Harris was included in the deal.
Harris, 20, has lived up to any and all expectations that Hennigan had for him so far.
He has made a seemless transition from not playing much for the Bucks to standing out in Orlando, showing uncanny poise for a second-year player. If he keeps improving, he might challenge Glen Davis at the power-forward spot next season.
Harris has made 21-of-31 shots and has averaged roughly 17 points and 6 rebounds per game. He scored 23 points and added six boards in the Magic's loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
"It's been a lot easier than I thought it was going to be just because of the coaching staff and the players," Harris said. "They're really embracing us as new guys coming on (including his former Bucks teammates Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb).
"I've played with Beno so he knows where I like my spots on the floor. But it's been a good experience for me just playing these three games with these guys and just learning from them."
Said Udrih of Harris, "He's really talented, showed a lot of potential in Milwaukee. He didn't get a chance...He's agreat player, has a lot of potential to be a great player in this league."
His stats have been impressive, especially since he has played mostly power forward with the Magic after playing small forward with the Bucks.
The Magic will have a decision to make this summer. Do they trade Davis to free up time for Harris? Davis is coming off his best season, but making $6 million for each of the next two seasons might force the club to consider dealing him.
Harris has a ways to go before he puts up numbers as consistently as Davis.
I'm looking forward to seeing Harris getting those numbers against starters in key moments and not in garbage time when the outcome isn't in doubt.
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