Tobias Harris’ primary role with the Philadelphia 76ers is to score, but the talented swingman believes his improved passing will be a huge skill that will help the Sixers win games next season.
The Sixers have so many talented scorers in the starting lineup, so Harris will have to be a willing passer and show he’s not just a scorer in the NBA. Harris averaged a career high 2.8 assists per game in 2018-19, and it’s an area of his game he’s been working on over the past couple of years.
“I’ve been able to play with some really good teammates the last two years, too, not to say my teammates weren’t good in the past. But just being able to slow the game down, make different reads. And I believe that I’m continuing to grow and be a better passer and making better reads,” Harris told Rich Hoffman of The Athletic. “Another reason why it’s improved, the more shots you make, the defense adjusts a little bit better so you can make better looks for other guys. All those things have played into that.
“Especially with the team that we have, the guys that we have, the ability that we have all around, I think it will definitely be a huge skill that will help us.”
Tobias Harris signed the richest deal in Sixers history this summer, so there will be a lot of pressure on him to perform at an All-Star level every night, especially with Jimmy Butler gone.
Harris is looking forward to having the ball in his hands more often next season, not only to score but also to showcase his playmaking skills.