Lakers NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Gary Harris
The upcoming NBA Draft will have mostly freshman taken in the lottery, but if you are looking for a solid two guard who can do a little bit of everything, then Michigan State guard Gary Harris is the guy.
The 6 foot 4 inch sophomore will go a little later in the lottery, and probably won’t be a guy the Lakers will truly think about drafting if they have a top-5 pick, but Harris is a solid player.
After a prolific freshman season in which he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Harris has had another big year for the Spartans, averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and nearly three assists.
Although his shooting numbers have declined a bit, if you want a guy that can come out and shoot it any which way, Harris can do it. He can create for himself off the bounce with a quick two dribble attack, or just straight up catch and shoot. He is also very solid coming off screens and knows the proper time to come off it and shoot, or drive to the rim.
While most thought of Harris as just a shooter after his freshman campaign, he worked hard in the weight room to develop his body and put on solid muscle. This allows him to attack the rim and finish off the bounce and not be rattled by bigger bodies in the paint. This also helps him rebound the ball on the defensive side, which he does well for being a small two guard at the next level.
One concern for Harris (and there’s nothing he can do about it) is his size. He is considered a small two guard at the next level, and could be easily taken advantage of by bigger, stronger, guards. The good thing is Harris is a competitor on both ends and plays solid defense to start. He also has great hands, which allow him to have almost two steals a game this season.
The biggest thing about Harris is GM’s already know what type of player he is. He isn’t some athletic freak like a few of the top prospects in this year’s class, but he is a solid, steady player who will help your team in every aspect. He can score the ball and does everything well, but he won’t ever be a number one option. For not being that franchise player that lottery teams need, he will be an absolute steal if some playoff team can trade up and snatch him. He’s a very tough player on the court and any team will be lucky to have him, bu the question remains if he will ever be more than a number three option. I believe he can be and it may be a matter of time, but the silky smooth player is definitely someone I would want on my roster.
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