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Why Sixers’ Tobias Harris changed back to No. 12

Tobias Harris, Sixers

It’s a new season and a new number for Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris.

The Sixers re-signed the eight-year NBA veteran this offseason to a five-year, $180 million contract. Following the departure of point guard T.J. McConnell — who spent four years with the Philly franchise before signing with the Indiana Pacers this summer — Harris will now be wearing 12.

It’s a special number for the 26-year-old forward, who wore the number in high school, college at the University of Tennessee, and with the Orlando Magic to commemorate and honor his late friend and AAU teammate Morgan Childs.

Tobias Harris wore No.15 with the Milwaikee Bucks and No.34 with the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers. He shifted to No.33 with the Sixers last season. However, there’s no doubt that No.12 holds a special place in his heart.

Harris is one of the most promising young stars in the league, averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists with the Clippers and Sixers last season. He also shot at an efficient 48.7 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from the free throw line.

There is plenty of pressure on Harris’ shoulders after signing a max contract with Philly. Nonetheless, it sure seems that he won’t be lacking the motivation when the 2019-20 campaign comes in.