2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Gary Harris

by Michael Gorman
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The 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball season has brought about plenty of unexpected contributors. Gary Harris turning his career around with the Orlando Magic is one of those big surprises. After three injury-riddled seasons from 2018 to 2021, Harris is back to his prime self.

Taking advantage of a myriad of injuries to his Orlando Magic teammates, Harris is flying under the radar as a strong Fantasy contributor.

While the much-hyped rookie Franz Wagner and breakout Most Improved Player candidate Cole Anthony are filling up headlines about the Magic, keep an eye on Harris.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Gary Harris

Over his last 15 games, Harris is averaging 16 points, 2.2 three-pointers, and 1.3 turnovers on 50.3% from the field and 83.0% from the line. Further, over his last six games, he’s averaging 1.7 steals per contest.

These numbers are strikingly similar to his statistical season-long peak in 2017-18, when he averaged 17.5 points, 2.3 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game on 48.5% from the field and 82.% from the line.

At this point in his career, it's surprising to see Harris turning his career around. Between the 2018-19 and 2020-21 seasons, Harris couldn’t stay on the court long enough to establish a rhythm. His efficiency dropped to around 42% and never averaged over 13 points per game.

His scoring touch over the last 15 games is a return to peak efficiency for Harris. With so much opportunity and just about no expectations, I don't see him falling off a cliff in terms of production. Still, it's worth wondering whether or not his strong shooting and defense are sustainable.

Will he be able to keep it up?

As always is the case with Harris, his health is the biggest factor for his success this season. If he can stay healthy, he’s played well enough for the Magic to continue giving him plenty of minutes.

It’s possible Harris gets traded; he’s exactly the kind of 3&D wing a contending team would need. But while his contract is expiring this offseason, he’s earning $20 million, so it will be difficult to move him.

Given his low usage rate, the imminent returns of guards Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony are unlikely to put an end to Harris's strong play as of late. Harris doesn't need the ball in his hands to make an impact.

With so much going well for Harris, the only factor standing between him and finishing the season ranked inside the top 80 fantasy players is a downgrade in shooting percentages.

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