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Gary Harris - SG, 6'4, 210
Denver Nuggets - Drafted 19th overall in 2014
       Date of birth: 09/14/1994
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 19th pick, 2014
     Out of: Michigan State
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 19th overall by Chicago.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Draft rights traded by Chicago, along with the rights to Jusuf Nurkic (#16) and a 2015 second round pick, to Denver in exchange for the rights to Doug McDermott (#11) and Anthony Randolph.
8th July, 2014 NBA Signed four year, $7,312,615 rookie scale contract with Denver. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
11th October, 2015 NBA Denver exercised 2016/17 team option.
20th October, 2016 NBA Denver exercised 2017/18 team option.
When: Where:
2012 - 2014 Michigan State (NCAA)
June 2014 - present Denver Nuggets (NBA)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 2: NCAA Shooting Guards
2014-06-17

Gary Harris distracted by thoughts of his own mortality at the wrong moment.

Gary Harris, Michigan State, Sophomore, 6'4 210lbs

2013/14 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.

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