Sixers coach Brett Brown wants Tobias Harris to keep shooting despite awful start to season
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown isn’t going to tell Sixers small forward Tobias Harris to stop shooting the ball despite Harris’ putrid shooting woes to begin the season.
Harris is shooting just 20.4 percent from beyond the arc on the season. Brown wants Harris to shoot his way out of his offensive slump instead of being passive.
“Keep shooting,” Brown said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Don’t listen to any of you guys (media). Don’t read anything. Keep shooting. Little harsh?”
Through the Sixers’ first 11 games of the season, Harris is averaging 16.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The Sixers swingman hasn’t made a 3-pointer since Nov. 4. He’s 0 for his last 18 from deep.
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. He is 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.
For that to happen, though, Harris needs to snap out of his shooting slump, sooner rather than later.