|Gary Harris distracted by thoughts of his own mortality at the wrong moment.|Gary Harris
, Michigan State, Sophomore, 6'4 210lbs2013/14 stats:
32.3 mpg, 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.4 bpg, 2.1 fpg, 1.7 TOpg, 42.9% FG, 35.2% 3PT, 81.0% FT
In accordance with what GMs want from their mid-first round pick wing players, Harris oozes three-and-D potential. He is yet to hone the three point shot on high volume, but it surely won't be long; already a good mid-range shooter and a decent long range one, Harris shoots off the catch and off the dribble, and also makes decent use of screen and curl plays. He projects as a plus shooter at the NBA level, a probable slow start notwithstanding. It's not really in doubt, either.
Also not in doubt is Harris's defensive intensity. Harris was always to be found hounding opponents defensively as a Spartan with an energy level that only some have. He is a smart defender who pressures those on the ball and willingly chases those off of it, both very translatable skills.
What is in doubt is Harris's size. On the small side for a shooting guard, Harris will never be able to effortlessly shoot over NBA defenders, and is only a decent athlete to compensate for it. It's not automatically going to undermine the above two facets of his game, but it will make them harder, and while Harris does not have to be an entirely two dimensional player, he has not done an awful lot other than this, even at the college level. Without much handle, strength or willingless to take contact, Harris is a poor finisher at the rim and lacks the handle to create. He is solid and dependable with the ball, but mostly only because he does little with it; aside from the occasional floater, a willingness to run and smart unselfish passing instincts, Harris hasn't shown much beyond the three-and-D role.
It is to Harris's great credit that he plays effectively without the ball, plays within his role, and plays both ends. He is a high IQ, high effort player with some skill. He does however need to progress beyond here, adding a bit of a slashing game outside of transition and improving both his jump shooting efficiency and ability to get looks. The one dribble pull-up two pont jumpers he currently employs need to be drives to the rim or two dribble quick passes to move the defense. And all of this is very doable.