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Sixers coach Brett Brown calls Tobias Harris ‘my new JJ Redick at 6-foot-9’

Brett Brown, Tobias Harris, SIxers

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown says Sixers star Tobias Harris is his “new JJ Redick at 6-foot-9.”

The Sixers lost Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason in free agency. Harris isn’t the shooter that Redick is, but he’s a more talented scorer who can put the ball in the basket in a multitude of ways.

On the season for the Sixers, Harris is averaging 18.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He’s shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Harris needs to improve his 3-point accuracy moving forward. He’s a career 36.3 percent shooter from deep, so odds are the swingman will get his percentage up.

Harris worked hard in the offseason to potentially become the Sixers’ go-to guy in the fourth quarter. With All-Star Jimmy Butler gone, Philly will need someone to close games. Harris signed the richest deal in franchise history this summer, and he is now set to make over $180 million in the next five years.

While star center Joel Embiid is the best player in Philadelphia, opposing teams can double-team him in the post late in the game. The Sixers have to rely on Harris to be their closer as a result.