Skiles did not always play Harris as a rookie and second-year player with the Bucks, but he said there were reasons for that. “He was pretty mature as a person even then,” Skiles said of Harris, who left Tennessee after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. “In camp he got sick; he fell behind. At that time, we just felt (Luc) Mbah a Moute was a better defender and (Mike) Dunleavy was a better offensive player, and Tobias didn’t get as many minutes. But we were high on him. Not that anybody would have listened to me, but if I would have still been the coach, I would not have been for moving Tobias. That’s for sure, if somebody would ask my opinion.”
Before the game, Skiles said that the analytics showed there were better combinations of players and it was time to try something new. He said he struggled with the decision because Oladipo in many ways was the team’s best defender and most aggressive offensive player, but conceded that while the decision was tough it was necessary. As surprising as this move might seem from the outside, there has been a growing sense that Skiles was losing patience with the streaky shooting he was getting from his backcourt and the lack of a consistent three-point threat on the floor was making it unnecessarily hard.