For essentially the whole week, the Philadelphia 76ers enjoyed star level performances from their starting small forward.
This past week, the Philadelphia 76ers saw some incredible performances from their two franchise corners stones from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. However, both were inconsistent in their play and Tobias Harris in his own right proved he has star level talent, which has earned him his second consecutive “Player of the Week” award.
Harris had his lowest output of the week in the blowout victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two turnovers and one foul, while going 60.0 percent from the field on 10 shots, 33.3 percent on his three 3-point attempts and making both of his free throws. Simmons had a career night against the Cavs, but let’s not forget that Harris only played 22 minutes in the blowout, so his production from that standpoint was impressive.
In the six-point win against the Toronto Raptors, Harris had his highest scoring output of the week. He finished with 26 points, six rebounds, three assists, one block, two turnovers and one foul, while converting 10-22 from the floor, 50.0 percent of his eight 3-pointers and 100.0 percent of his two fouls shots. Harris tied Kyle Lowry with the the highest point total for the entire game.
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Harris was the 76ers second leading scorer in victory against the Denver Nuggets. He ended the contest with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks, one turnover and two fouls, while making 7-17 of his field goal attempts, 2-4 from downtown and 4-5 from the charity stripe.
Embiid stole to the show in the win against the Boston Celtics, but Harris’ performance shouldn’t be dismissed. He recorded 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and two fouls, while shooting 50.0 percent on his 20 shots from the floor, 33.3 percent on his three attempts from deep and 2-3 on his free throw attempts. This was easily his best performance of the week in a signature win for the franchise.
Matisse Thybulle almost got this honor, but in the end it goes to veteran tough guy Mike Scott. The stretch-big started two games this past week and had two out of his three best scoring outputs this season as a result, this included a season high 21 points against the Raptors. This past week, Scott averaged 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.0 foul.
Harris didn’t put up any elite performances this past week for the Philadelphia 76ers, but he did play like an ideal third star next to Simmons and Embiid. For the week, he averaged 21.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.3 turnovers and 1.5 fouls.