Orlando Magic Roster Preview: Tobias Harris

Tobias HarrisTobias Harris or as some Magic fans call him T12 has become a fan favorite in his short time in Orlando. Harris automatically made an impact on and off the court the moment he landed in Orlando.

First, Harris caught the fans attention by picking No. 12 as his number, which as previously worn by Dwight Howard.

Second, Harris became a dynamic player that gave the Magic an edge, which is something they didn’t have for most of the season.

Harris arrived in Orlando on Feb. 21, 2013 after the Magic traded J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith for the Bucks’ Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb.

Prior to arriving in Orlando, Harris appeared in 70 career NBA regular season games, all with the Bucks, averaging 4.9 points per game (ppg.), and 2.3 rebounds per game (rpg.) in 11.5 minutes per game (minpg.) In Orlando, things changed for Harris, in th 27 games he appeared in he averaged 17.3 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 2.1 assists per game, 1.37 blocks per game in 36.1 minpg.

One of Harris’ most memorable games in a Magic jersey came April 10, 2013 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

With less than two-seconds left in the game Harris made a 26 foot jump shot, which tied the game 95-95. Harris was fouled on the play but he went on to miss the free throw and forced the game into overtime. Orlando took advantage of their opportunity and outscored the Bucks 18-8 in overtime.

In the last play of game, Harris went coast-to-coast and made a huge dunk to seal the deal. Harris had a great outing as he matched his career high of 30 points and pulled down a career high of 19 rebounds.

Towards the end of the season, head coach Jacque Vaughn said, “Tobias gives us the ability to guard multiple positions and create mismatches on the other end. We’ve already seen frequently Tobias’ ability to grab the rebound and show the ability to push the ball up the floor himself. It allows us to increase our pace, which is good for us.”

With Glen Davis’ health in question, expect to see a lot of Harris this coming season. For the most part last season, Harris started as power forward while teammate Maurice Harkless started as small forward.

In Milwaukee, Harris was one of the most active Bucks in the community and that trend has continued in his time in Orlando. Harris is very active in the community. In May, Harris and point guard Jameer Nelson participated in the Habitat for Humanity Orlando, which helps build homes for families.

The Orlando Magic organization as a whole is very active in the community. In the 2012-13 season, Magic employees logged in over 6,000 community service hours. Harris’ character and talents fit right in with the culture and system General Manager Rob Hennigan is setting up.

The Magic and Harris currently have a four-year contract worth over $6.8 million. The 21-year-old is set to make a little over $1.5 million as he enters the third year on his contract.

The preseason is set to being on Oct. 9 when the Orlando Magic take on the New Orleans Pelicans in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $15 to $250.

The Magic will start its 25th ‘Silver Season’ season on the road. They will face the Indiana Pacers (Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET) and Minnesota Timberwolves (Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET) before returning to the Amway for the season home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.