Kenny Atkinson helped Joe Harris by showing him clips of Kyle Korver
Joe Harris has been having quite the coming out party. Between having a career year and making the trip to All-Star weekend, Harris name is gaining some recognition around the league. Much of his success can be credited to Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, According to Zach Lowe of ESPN,
Atkinson spent time with Harris after he got brought up to the Nets and helped him model his game after Kyle Korver. His new coach explained that Harris was “like that battered [deer] you find in the forest. He had no confidence.”
It proved to be a smart move by Atkinson. Korver has been one of the best shooters in the league for a long stretch and Harris has done well being able to replicate parts of his game. Joe has developed a great ability to move inside out or come off of screens already ready for the ball. His new skill set and confidence have helped him continue to grow each year he has spent in Brooklyn.
This season, Harris is averaging 13.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.5 steals per game and is shooting 46.6 percent from deep and making 2.4 3’s a night. Only Davis Bertans sits ahead of him on the leaderboard for 3-point percentage. Harris has become one of the best shooters in the league. All-Star weekend, everyone came to know this, as he took home the trophy for annual 3-point contest.
With the young Brooklyn Nets on course to make the playoffs this season after a few years of missing out, Harris will surely have his mind on another trophy, as well.