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Gary Harris to make preseason debut Friday

Denver Nuggets spitfire combo guard Gary Harris will finally make his preseason debut against the Perth Wildcats today, per Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com. Harris missed the team’s previous games due to a hamstring injury, but reports say that he has already recovered days ago and that the Nuggets are just taking a heap of caution with their young budding star.

Harris is coming off a career season for the Nuggets last year, posting impressive averages of 17.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. A solid two-way threat in his first four years in the league, Harris blossomed into an excellent scorer and perimeter shooter last season.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard formed a deadly trio with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray during the Nuggets’ breakout season last year. Head coach Mike Malone has a good problem waiting for him as the team has shored up its backcourt with the acquisition of Isaiah Thomas, speculating questions as to who will start at the guard positions for the Nuggets.

While his offense remains his trump card, the team has constantly relied on Harris to lock down opposing scorers. He averaged 1.8 steals last season, making his case as one of the best defending shooting guards in the league. Shooting guards who can score and defend like Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson are rare commodities, and Harris has the potential to be in that category.

Harris signed a four-year, $84 million extension with the Nuggets last year, making him one of the highest-paid guards in the league. The Nuggets face off against Perth today, an Australian team that was soundly defeated by the Utah Jazz a couple of days back.