Tobias Harris on Simmons’ jump shot: ‘He has the confidence to shoot it'(VIDEO)

Philadelphia 76ers G Ben Simmons can do a lot of things on the basketball court. He is an adept passer and has great vision; he can get to the lane and finish around the basket, and he is a solid defender. However, the one thing that is missing from his game is shooting.

In two NBA seasons, Simmons has not hit one three-point shot in his career(0-17), and he rarely takes jump shots. Last season, Simmons was 2-21 from shots between 15-19 feet, and he was 18-71 from 10-14 feet. Most of Simmons’ points have come on drives, putbacks, or in the post.  While he was an All-Star last season, he did have issues against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but maybe that will change next season.

According to Tobias Harris, who inked a five-year, $180 million deal to return to the 76ers, Simmons’ jump shot has looked good this summer.

“I was out in L.A, and I had linked up with Ben to workout,” Harris said today at his introductory press conference. “We played a lot of one-on-one. He’s in the gym religiously every day, grinding and getting better. He’s in great shape. Everybody was trying to figure out why I was guarding him at the three-point line. It was really because he hit two of them. When I dared him to shoot two of them, he hit two in a row, so that’s why I was there.

“He’s made big improvements on his game; his jump shot is looking really good. He has the confidence to shoot it, and I just kept telling him there, ‘like, even in this workout when you are playing, have the confidence to shoot them and don’t get discouraged If you miss. This is where you build that type of confidence.’ So, it was a good sight to see how hard he has been working. He looks really good for a great year.”

The 76ers have reportedly offered Simmons a five-year, $170 million extension, so they believe that he will develop his jump shot. Simmons is a very good player, and if he can make a 15-footer consistently, he will be tough to guard for years to come.

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76ers’ Tobias Harris: ‘We didn’t have enough time to get the full chemistry'(VIDEO)

There were three different versions of the Philadelphia 76ers last season. They started the year with Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid as their starting five. Then, in November, Philly traded Covington and Saric to Minnesota to acquire Jimmy Butler, and finally, before the trade deadline, Philly acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers, and after that trade, the 76ers had arguably one of the best starting lineups in basketball with Embiid, Harris, Butler, JJ Redick, and Simmons(Fultz also dealt before trade deadline).

Unfortunately, for the 76ers, it was not enough as they lost to Kawhi Leonard and the eventual world champions, the Toronto Raptors at the buzzer in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

While the 76ers had a lot of talent, they did not have enough time to develop as much chemistry as they may have liked, according to Tobias Harris.

“Obviously, we were one, couple bounces away from going into overtime versus the champs(Raptors) now,” Harris told Paul Gant on Wednesday at the 12th Annual Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in New York City. “We didn’t have enough time to really get the full chemistry as probably as we wanted to, but at the same time, it’s one of the most talented groups of players I have been a part of; we’ll see what happens. Having teammates here to talk to, Joel(Embiid), stuff like that. He’s the best big man in the NBA, so the talent level of the group was phenomenal, and we put ourselves in a position to win basketball games.”

Now, the 76ers have some decisions to make. Both Butler and Harris are free agents, and both will probably get max money. Whether that is in Philly, who knows, but Harris and Butler can make the most money with the 76ers, which can offer the most money and years. However, who knows how much that will impact their decision. On Wednesday, Harris outlined the things that will impact his decision in free agency.

“A great organization,” Harris said. “Obviously, winning is important for me; style of play is important, and just putting myself in the right opportunity to continue to improve my game and get better year in and year out. I know the work that I put in in the offseason correlates to the season, so I know what’s going to be expected of me as a player and just being in the right situation to excel at that.”

Listen below as Harris talks free agency, his short time in Philadelphia, his thoughts on possibly playing in Brooklyn, and more:

 

Clippers’ GM on trade: ‘We obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks’

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward Wilson Chandler, center Mike Muscala, guard Landry Shamet, two first round draft picks and two second round draft picks from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott, the team announced today.

“We are excited to welcome Wilson, Mike, and Landry to the L.A. Clippers. Wilson is a veteran player we have long respected for his toughness, versatility and leadership. His hard-nosed mentality will fit right in with the rest of this group,” said Frank. “Mike is a versatile big man who has the ability to shoot the ball and space the floor.”

Frank continued, “We have also admired Landry, a first round pick from Wichita State, since last year’s draft process. He has only justified expectations. Landry quickly earned a spot in the 76ers rotation and has been the most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s rookie class. In addition to Wilson, Mike, and Landry, we obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks as we continue to carry out our long-term plan — to construct a sustainable championship contender.”

Chandler, 31, appeared in 36 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26.4 minutes. He holds career averages of 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.9 minutes across 626 appearances in 12 NBA seasons with the 76ers, the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets. The 6’9”, 225-pound forward played two collegiate seasons at DePaul University before becoming a first round selection of the Knicks in 2007. He was named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball as a high school senior in 2005.

Muscala, 27, appeared in 47 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes. He has appeared in 290 career games across six NBA seasons with Philadelphia and Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from free-throw line in 15.9 minutes. The Bucknell alumnus was originally selected by Dallas with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Hawks in a draft night trade.

Shamet, 21, has appeared in 54 games, averaging 8.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line in 20.5 minutes in his rookie campaign for Philadelphia. He currently leads all 76ers players with 20 games in double-figure scoring in a reserve role. A product of Wichita State University, he was a first round selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6’5”, 188-pound guard originally hails from Kansas City, MO.

“I can’t say enough good things about Tobias Harris and the many ways he has impacted our organization. Since Tobias came to L.A. a year ago, he has been a model of professionalism, on the court and off,” said Frank. “He developed into an All-Star caliber player here, setting a standard with his work ethic and diligence. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions.

“In addition to Tobias, we will miss Boban, one of the most positive forces we have encountered in the NBA. Bobi lifted our locker room and was a game changer on the court. Like Boban, Mike Scott fit seamlessly into our team-first culture, and excelled in his role. We wish all three the best of luck in Philadelphia.”

Harris recorded career-high averages in points (20.9), rebounds (7.9), and assists (2.7) for the Clippers this season and was named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. Through eight NBA seasons with the Clippers, Pistons, Magic and Bucks, the 26-year-old holds career averages of 15.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.2 minutes. Harris played one collegiate season at the University of Tennessee and originally hails from New York, where he was named the state’s Mr. Basketball, USA Today All-USA and a McDonald’s All-American in 2010.

Marjanovic, 30, appeared in 36 games this season, averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes. The 7’3”, 290-pound center has appeared in 163 career games across four NBA seasons with Los Angeles, San Antonio and Detroit, holding career averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 9.2 minutes. Prior to his NBA career, he spent time playing overseas in Serbia, Russia and Lithuania, where he was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team in 2015 and was a three-time Serbian League MVP (2013-15). He also won championships in the Serbian League, Lithuanian League, Adriatic League and Baltic League.

Scott, 30, appeared in 52 games in his lone season with the Clippers, averaging 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 14.4 minutes. He holds career averages of 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes across seven NBA seasons with L.A., Washington and the Atlanta Hawks. A five-year player at the University of Virginia, Scott earned First-Team All-ACC honors in his senior season and is a Virginia native.

Clippers’ Tobias Harris named Western Conference Player of the Month

The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers forward Tobias Harris has been named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. This is Harris’ first career Player of the Month honor. He was previously named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (games played Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25). The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference winner.

Harris helped lead the Clippers to a Western Conference-best 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, behind averages of 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in addition to shooting splits of 52.8 percent from the field, 44.0 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free-throw line. He was the NBA’s most efficient volume scorer in October and November, ranking first in effective field goal percentage (59.4 percent) among 38 players with at least 300 field goal attempts.

Now in his eighth NBA season, Harris is averaging career-highs in points (21.4), rebounds (8.5), field goal percentage (51.6%), three-point percentage (42.9%) & minutes (35.0). He is the only player in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds, while shooting over 42% from three-point range.

The Clippers won 11 of their last 13 games in November, including nine of their last 10 and have won nine straight at home, the NBA’s longest active home winning streak. L.A. is currently tied atop the Western Conference standings at 15-7.

Clips’ Tobias Harris named Western Conference Player of the Week

The NBA today announced that L.A. Clippers forward Tobias Harris has been named Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (games played Monday, November 19, through Sunday, November 25). This is Harris’ second career Player of the Week award (Week 4 in 2017).

Harris helped the Clippers to a 3-1 week behind averages of 24.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in addition to shooting splits of 56.5% from the field, 45.5% from three-point range and 91.7% from the free-throw line. He tallied a career-high tying and team season-high 34 points in Sunday’s win over Portland, capping a week in which he scored at least 24 points in three of the team’s four games and logged a team-high +13 in his 12-point performance against Memphis on Nov. 23.

Now in his eighth NBA season, Harris is averaging career-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (8.7), field goal percentage (52.5%), three-point percentage (42.7%) & minutes (35.1). He is the only player in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and eight rebounds, while shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from three-point range.

The Clippers sit atop the Western Conference standings at 13-6 and have won nine of their last 11 games and eight straight at home.