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Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris
Position: F
Born: 07/15/92
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:226 lbs. / 102.5 kg.
Salary: $16,000,000

So far, their collective bet on their guys has paid off. Detroit has been the league’s biggest surprise so far this season. And in doing so, they bet on their guys getting better. “In the business world, and in this business, too, that’s what it usually comes down to: (if) things aren’t going right, then change is of the essence,” said forward Tobias Harris, having an All-Star caliber season. “As a player, you don’t want to get traded. I’ve been traded. I’ve gone to good situations, but you still don’t want to go through that process. I think everybody had that mentality in the locker room. That kind of molded us together even more. When we were in L.A. (working out together before training camp), we went to dinner and we said, the season we had, if you call it straight, if you looked at us like a stock, everybody’s stock was down. Because we didn’t win.”
Van Gundy has stressed that the new style of play must have all players cutting and moving with energy to be effective. Friday night was Exhibit A for what happens when the energy isn’t there. “The way that we started the second half was unacceptable and we played like we thought the game was over from the beginning of the second half,” forward Tobias Harris said. “They were able to jump on us, they were able have good energy and get more physical. We just couldn’t pick it up from there. “That’s on us as starters. All five guys out there have to be better because that wasn’t a good effort.”
In 2016, Tobias Harris was hailed as a difference-making midseason acquisition. He was Van Gundy’s new Rashard Lewis, a stretchy four man who could space the floor. Until he didn’t. Harris connected on 34.7 percent of his three’s last season, attempting less than four per game. This season the attempts have spiked (career-high 6.1) and his percentage with it. “He’s stepping into three’s without hesitation,” Stan Van Gundy said. “And now you have to close all the way out to him. So he either knocks down a three or he gets more room to beat you off the dribble. I thought he was passing up those shots last year. I thought he was driving the ball into short closeouts. He’s not doing that anymore and that’s made him harder to guard.”
With Harris parked in the corner or weakside, and teams now having to stay home on him, there’s all kinds of room for Drummond to roll to the rim in pick-and-roll sets. And Van Gundy is running offense through Drummond this season and he’s responded by averaging a career-best 3.2 assists so far this season. “He knew he wasn’t at his best (last season). He took the summer to evaluate that,” Harris said of Drummond. “Coach has put him in some positions to be a factor on offense. And on the boards he’s playing to his strengths. Like I told him tonight, ‘your energy fuels us.’ And he got going in the third quarter (with five of his game-high 17 rebounds) and helped us win the game.”