Lakers 2013-14 Preseason Player Profiles: Elias Harris Reviewed by Momizat on . Name: Elias Harris Pos: SF/PF Year: Rookie 2012-2013 Stats (at Gonzaga) PPG: 14.6 RPG: 7.4 APG: 1.6 SPG: 1.2 BPG: 0.6 FG%: 50.1% 3PT%: 17.0% FT%: 76.8% PER: 27. Name: Elias Harris Pos: SF/PF Year: Rookie 2012-2013 Stats (at Gonzaga) PPG: 14.6 RPG: 7.4 APG: 1.6 SPG: 1.2 BPG: 0.6 FG%: 50.1% 3PT%: 17.0% FT%: 76.8% PER: 27. Rating:
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Lakers 2013-14 Preseason Player Profiles: Elias Harris

Elias HarrisName: Elias Harris
Pos: SF/PF
Year: Rookie

2012-2013 Stats (at Gonzaga)
PPG: 14.6 RPG: 7.4 APG: 1.6 SPG: 1.2 BPG: 0.6
FG%: 50.1% 3PT%: 17.0% FT%: 76.8%
PER: 27.7 USG%: 26.9% ORTG: 120.5 DRTG: 88.2
TS%: 57.7% EFG%: 51.3% DR%: 21.4% OR%: 9.5% TR%: 15.9%

Last Season Summary:
Harris was a senior leader and very important cog for a Gonzaga team that went 31-2 (16-0) winning the West Coast Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championship and earned a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. They would be upset in the third round by eventual Final Four team, Wichita State.

The 6-foot-8, 239-pound Harris did a little of everything for the Zags as he averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals.

His season highlights included a 25 point, 10 rebound performance against BYU, a 16 point, 18 rebound performance against South Dakota, a 24 point, 10 rebound performance against San Francisco, and a 21 point, 8 rebound, 2 block, 2 steal, 2 block performance against  Loyola Marymount in the WCC tournament, in which he was named Tournament MVP.

Even though he failed to put up the flashy numbers of teammate, and first-round pick, Kelly Olynyk, Harris proved to be the do-everything player for a Gonzaga team that was one of the best in the nation all season.

Harris is a tweener in the truest form. At 6-foot-8, 239 pounds he is slightly undersized to play the power forward position full-time, but not quite quick enough to guard NBA small forwards on a regular basis.

Offensively, Harris does his best work in the post. He is able to get great position and has a decent array of moves when down there. At the college level, his physically mature body allowed him to overpower many players. His soft hands down low and long arms for his size also helped him to be a very effective low-post scorer.

Additionally he was a very solid rebounder, pulling in 21.4% of defensive rebounds when on the floor. He is very adept at moving without the ball and his deceptive quickness give him more tools to work with when on the floor.

Where Harris struggles offensively is on the perimeter. He shot only 17 percent from 3-point range last season and, at this level, will need to improve that if he is to be the stretch-4 the team envisions. He must also work on his shot-creating ability away from the post.

Defensively, while he gives consistent effort, he lacks the lateral quickness and foot speed to keep up with perimeter players. His somewhat slender size makes it difficult to envision him guarding the top power forwards of the NBA on a regular basis as well. He will have to prove that he can adequately guard at least one forward position or he will struggle to stay on the floor without being consistently exploited.

Expected Role:
Harris will be counted on to provide minutes at both the small and power forward positions. He will need to provide solid rebounding and athleticism for the Lakers. His ability to play everywhere will serve the Lakers well.

In this age of undersized bigs and positional ambiguity he is a good piece to have around. He will be a good matchup for smaller teams who get up and down the floor and don’t play traditional big men regularly as well as against more perimeter oriented power forwards like Ryan Anderson.

This Year’s Expectations:
Harris impressed the Lakers during the Summer League with his versatility and effort earning the undrafted rookie a multi-year contract. Even with the Lakers looking for young athletic players to fill backup roles it is hard to envision Harris carving out a consistent spot in the rotation this season.

With Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, and Chris Kaman firmly planted as the first three bigs in the rotation, Harris has an uphill climb to begin. He, Robert Sacre, and Ryan Kelly will be fighting for those 8-12 minutes of backup big man duty in case of foul trouble. Additionally, Harris will have to battle with the likes of Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Shawne Williams, Xavier Henry, and Marcus Landry for minutes on the wing.

It’s not out of the question to picture Harris making an Earl Clark like impact for the Lakers if he is able to consistently knock down open jumpers while keeping up his impressive rebounding numbers at this level.

More likely however, is that Harris spends ample time with the D-Fenders in order to develop his game and perimeter skills a little more.


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  • Jim213

    EH may make the final roster as if not he’ll likely be given more time to develop his game. Given R Kelly’s slow recovery (foot injury) it’s likely that other player’s brought in to training camp will have a good shot of filling this vacant spot as I’d expect the team to have a 14 man roster to which 13 could only be suited up to play.

    • independantbynature

      He has a guaranteed contract.Of course he’ll make the roster.

      • Jim213

        ?… Partially/non-guaranteed contract. Why bother bringing in close to 8 to 10 players to training camp. Two spots are open?!?!

        • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

          IMO, the ones who show’s work ethics, tenacity, intensity and consistency will be added to the roster. The ones that didn’t make it will be sent to development. In Harris case, if he can translate his college stats to the pro league, he will be a great pick for the Lakers, same with the other young guns we have added. Tho they will all be fighting for minutes, their chance of showcasing their talents will be given on the biggest stage of the league, which is the Lakers.

          • richard

            Agree!!! So far, Harris has shown that he is a hard worker and does not need the ball to be effective in the offense… he also has a very good fundamental approach to defense…

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            We need those qualities badly. As good as it sound having Kurt integrating defense, it is better if we have player who are defensively inclined to do the job. Like shooting and passing, players have natural instinct and can develop their games further to make an impact on the team. Having a lock down defender specially a 3-4 will be a plus, and easily will earn his coach trust and added minutes on the floor.

        • Daryl Peek

          Forward Elias Harris has agreed to a two year deal with Lakers, agent Brad Ames tells Y! Deal includes “significant” guarantee in 1st year.

          • Jim213


            Elias signed a 2 yr. minimum salary contract 8/14/13. Only $100k guaranteed out of the $490,180 for the 1st yr. The 2nd yr is fully unguaranteed $816,482 and if he’s not waived by 6/30/14, his 3rd year will become fully guaranteed @ $1,147,276. Verify it too.

          • Daryl Peek


  • The Rock

    I like Elias Harris he seems like a level headed guy.What is up with CDR?Any word on Josh Selby and the Lakers making a deal?

    • richard


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