Gary Harris
Gary Harris
25-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Persistent lower-body injuries allowed Harris to appear in just 57 games last year, and he clearly wasn't himself when on the court. He posted four-year lows in minutes (28.8), field-goal percentage (42.4), three-point percentage (33.9) and steals (1.0) per game. Losing time to injury is nothing new for Harris, who is averaging just 64.3 games per season once becoming a full-time starter in 2015-16. But he demonstrated his potential in 2017-18, averaging 17.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.8 steals across 34.4 minutes. Entering his age 25 season, Harris will look to bounce back to those numbers and continue his development within one of the top young cores in the NBA. While the Michigan State product won't provide much in terms of assists and rebounds, his upside as a three-and-D player is enough to be worth a late-round selection in most fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension with the Nuggets in October of 2017.
Woeful February continues
GDenver Nuggets
February 11, 2020
Harris (thigh) posted eight points (3-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes during Monday's 127-120 win over the Spurs.
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Harris hasn't missed a single game due to his thigh problem, but his performances have been woeful of late. He missed two games in late February and hasn't been able to post decent numbers since then, as he is averaging just 5.6 points while shooting 23.1 percent from the field in five February outings.
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Though injuries have limited Harris to 124 games over the past two years, he’s shown significant improvement across his first four campaigns. The soon-to-be 24-year-old out of Michigan State set career highs in points (17.5), steals (1.8), three-pointers per game (2.3) and free-throw percentage (82.7) last season. He doesn't provide much by way of supplementary stats (2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds), but his efficient, high-volume shooting and defense paves the way to Fantasy relevance. Harris is still young enough to keep improving, and it’s possible he crosses the 20-point per game threshold if he can evolve as a ball handler and get more aggressive taking the ball to the rack -- not to mention continue hitting threes at a high volume. Considering that his stats don't jump off the page, Fantasy owners may be able to get Harris in drafts later than his value might indicate. Assuming he stays relatively healthy and improves even marginally, Harris is worthy of a fourth-round pick, if not a late third.
While a foot injury ultimately limited him to 57 games last year, Harris put together another solid campaign overall. He averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals across 31.0 minutes. More impressively, Harris showed vast improvement with his deep ball and made the jump from 35.4 percent shooting from the three-point line in 2015-16 to an impressive 42 percent, making him the team's top threat from distance. Harris also shot 50 percent from the field, which was one of the best percentages for guards in the entire league. With very little depth on this team at the shooting guard position, Harris will remain in the top unit once again and should see a similar workload to last season. The addition of superstar Paul Millsap in the offseason could ultimately drop Harris' overall usage, though that shouldn't hurt Harris' numbers much. Harris likely won't be able to keep pace with his stellar shooting percentages from last year, but otherwise, his production should remain relatively unchanged as a whole. Harris should do most of his work as the team's third option behind Millsap and rising star Nikola Jokic, though his efficiency and points should give him plenty of potential as a late-round pick.
After a quiet rookie season, Harris was among the NBA's more improved players in 2015-16, nearly tripling his minutes and starting all 76 games in which he appeared. Harris averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from three-point range. As Harris enters his age-22 season, he should only continue to progress from an individual standpoint. However, the Nuggets' extreme depth on the wing may stand in the way of a full-on breakout. Denver added a pair of promising shooting guards, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley, through the draft, while wings Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari return to full health after missing significant time with injuries last season. Harris' grip on the starting shooting guard spot doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy, but the team will have to find room to develop the rookies, particularly Murray, whose long-term upside is arguably higher than that of Harris. At the end of the day, Harris should remain an adequate source of efficient scoring at the shooting guard position, but he's probably best left untouched until the later rounds of most drafts.
Harris made a splash in his rookie debut with the Nuggets last season by throwing down a nasty dunk against the Pacers, and Denver fans will hope for more of that this season, but Harris may be stuck on the bench due to the Nuggets' depth on the wing.. In 55 games last season, Harris got six starts and averaged 13 minutes per game. In his limited playing time, Harris averaged 3.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.7 steals. His percentages were lacking though, as he shot 30 percent from the field, 20 percent from three-point range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. These types of percentages simply don't get it done in fantasy, but they seem a bit fluky as he proved to be a better shooter in his college days. He has great defensive potential, as he was trained under hard-nosed Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. In order to be a player at Michigan State, you have to hustle and you have to play defense, and that's what Harris does with his elite athleticism. Even with these nice attributes, it will be tough for Harris to carve out a significant role with the Nuggets as the depth at guard is far too deep. Harris will likely be behind Wilson Chandler, Will Barton, and Randy Foye on the depth chart, so it will take some injuries for him to play any significant minutes this season. With all that said, it's still believed that Harris' skill set could lead to him playing a significant role in the NBA someday, and with new coach Mike Malone in Denver, it's worth watching what happens with Harris in training camp before completely writing him off.
The Nuggets selected Harris with the 19th-overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Michigan State product was one of the top players in the country, averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists as a sophomore last season. While he's one of the draft's top outside shooters, Harris fell out of the lottery, partially due to the fact that he's a bit undersized (6-4) for the shooting guard spot. Size wasn't an issue at Michigan State, but against the bigger, stronger bodies of the NBA, it's certainly a concern. With Arron Afflalo returning to Denver to team with Ty Lawson, Harris stands little-to-no chance of cracking the starting backcourt, barring an injury. He'll compete with 2013 second-round pick Erick Green and veteran Randy Foye for minutes off the bench.
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Good to go
GDenver Nuggets
February 10, 2020
Harris (thigh) is starting Monday's game against the Spurs, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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Listed as probable Monday
GDenver Nuggets
Thigh
February 10, 2020
Harris is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Spurs due to a tight right thigh.
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Terrible shooting in victory
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Harris ended with five points (0-13 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 98-95 victory over the Jazz.
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Invisible in victory Tuesday
GDenver Nuggets
February 5, 2020
Harris totaled just two points (1-3 FG) and three assists in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 127-99 victory over Portland.
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Rejoins starting five
GDenver Nuggets
February 4, 2020
Harris is in the starting lineup Tuesday against Portland, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
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