Not a bad start for the new guy.
Acquired last Tuesday in the Pistons’ one pre-deadline deal that actually worked out (sorry, Donatas), Tobias Harris has kicked off his Pistons career on a high note, averaging 18.3 points and 5.5 rebounds through his first four games in Motown.
On Wednesday, Harris turned in his most productive game yet, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds in just 30 minutes of work during a 111-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Harris scored 13 first quarter points against the Sixers and connected on all seven of his field goal attempts in the first half (finishing 9-of-12 in all). His high level play has left a positive impact on his coach and teammates alike.
“He looks great, he’s doing all of the things that we need him to do,” Andre Drummond said following the win. “When he first came here I told him, don’t hesitate we’re not here to play slow. We want you to run and we want you to try to score the ball when you touch it. If you don’t have anything free somebody else. He came in and he looks great.”
Head coach Stan Van Gundy was similarly effusive in his praise.
“He’s under control. I feel comfortable when he has the ball,” he said of Harris. “Even when everybody else was sort of flying around crazy in the second half, when the ball got to him things settled down. He makes his move and makes a play; pretty proficient offensive guy who’s working at it on the defensive end, too.”