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Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.
Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.
The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.
At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.
Harris scored 25 points Tuesday, and he did it with great efficiency. He shot 10 for 15 from the field and 2 for 3 from three-point range in 33 minutes, while adding 11 rebounds and one block in the 95-85 win.
In 18 games since the All-Star break, Harris has failed to reach double figures in scoring just once. He is averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in that span, compared to 14.8 and 7.1 for the season.
Harris shot 11 of 20 from the floor, missing his only attempt from 3-point range, but converting all nine of his free throws. He also chipped in with eight rebounds and three steals while logging 34 minutes of game action. He is averaging 20.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists over his last five games.
Harris scored 10 points in the opening period but was held scoreless in the final 5:50 of the game. He scored 28 points on 10 of 15 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with six rebounds, two assists and two steals while logging 34 minutes of game action. Harris is averaging 19.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists over his last five games played.
Harris played 38 minutes with Glen Davis sidelined by an Achilles injury. He scored 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, while going 5 of 8 on free-throw attempts. Harris also filled up the box score well with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the 101-93 loss
Harris has struggled to find a consistent role amid a crowded Orlando rotation, but is still averaging a career-high 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
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