Sixers: Does Tobias Harris have a case to make an All-NBA team?

Philadelphia 76ers, Tobias Harris (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers, Tobias Harris (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia 76ers have one if not two players who are sure-ins for the NBA All-NBA teams in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. However, there might be an argument made that the Sixers could have a third player on an All-NBA team.

That third player would be none other than Tobias Harris. It appears that he will be coming up short of joinning the elusive 50-40-90 club. That being written, Harris is having a career year. He’s averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from the 3-point line, and 89.2 percent from the foul line.

Those stats are impressive, but are they good enough to earn him a spot on an All-NBA team?

Do the Sixers have a third All-NBA player in Harris?

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To simply answer this question, no Harris won’t be an All-NBA player this season. However, it was due to the drop-off in the second half of the season. I wrote about how he’s lost some aggression after the All-Star break.

Before the All-Star break, Harris was averaging 20.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, 40.2 percent from deep, and 88.7 percent from the free throw line. After the break, he has averaged 18.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, while having shooting splits of 51.1/38.8/89.8.

As I wrote in the previously mentioned article about Harris’ decline, part of it has to do with a knee injury and playing fewer minutes. With that in mind, he didn’t end the season strong, which really hurts his case for All-NBA. He’d have an argument based on his pre All-Star numbers but his post All-Star stats ruin any argument that could be made. Especially with so many other worthy candidates who deserve consideration.

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Early on in the season, The Philadelphia 76ers had a legit case for three All-NBA players, but because Tobias Harris’ regression in the second half of the year made that argument invalid.