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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan State G Gary Harris

Posted By Kevin O'Connor On June 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am In General | No Comments

As part of WEEI.com’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics [1] when they make their two selections in the first round.


Position: Combo guard
SchoolMichigan State [2]
Age: 19
Height: 6-foot-4.5
Weight: 205 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-8

Key 2013-14 stats: 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists

Scouting report: Harris is one of the best defenders in the draft and can easily defend multiple positions despite being undersized. He’€™s a lockdown defender in man-to-man situations, but also is excellent off-ball, constantly displaying top-notch awareness by hitting his rotations and by sticking to players running through screens.

The 19-year-old also has complementary scoring skills on the offensive end, as he is an improving 3-point shooter and ball-handler. Some teams even project him as a “modern point guard” because he is a solid passer and tends to make the right play in pick-and-roll situations.

Harris does have his problems as a scorer, though, as he was extremely inefficient in the half-court, with only a 49.5 effective field goal percentage and a 43.1 at-rim field goal percentage, according to Hoop-Math.com. Part of the reason for those struggles is his lack of a floater or mid-range game to compensate for his finishing ability at the rim.

Overall, Harris has a lot of skill at his age and should continue to improve on the offensive end. Even if he doesn’t, his defense is still good enough for him to carve out a role as a defensive specialist.

How he fits: Harris could work as a contingency plan in case Avery Bradley [3] can’t be re-signed or is used in a sign-and-trade deal. Harris brings a similar skill set and could potentially have even higher upside than Bradley.

Related articles:

ESPN Insider [4]: Why Harris is a lottery pick

SB Nation [5]: The big Gary Harris scouting report: The 3-and-D prototype

Video: Gary Harris pre-draft workout and interview

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics [1] for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA [6]. His 60-page 2014 NBA Draft Guide is available for download here [7].)

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[3] Avery Bradley: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm

[4] ESPN Insider: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2014/story/_/id/10973660/why-michigan-state-guard-gary-harris-lottery-lock-nba-draft

[5] SB Nation: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/6/13/5802250/gary-harris-scouting-report-nba-draft-2014

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