The Brooklyn Nets made some major off season acquisitions this summer, but one of the biggest surprises hasn’t been a newcomer, but a sharpshooting returner instead. Joe Harris may not look like a dominant NBA player, but he has given the Nets a steady force on the perimeter who has earned himself some more minutes.
The Nets love to push the tempo and shoot threes, and Harris gives them the perfect player for that system with his picture perfect jumper and underrated driving abilities. Harris’ playing time has been held back by Allen Crabbe, one of the offseason acquisitions the Nets made this summer. Crabbe is being paid the big bucks, so there is a little necessity on Brooklyn’s side to play him more, but Harris has shown he is the better all around player and deserves to show the league that on a consistent basis.
Harris is known mostly for his knock down three point shot, and this year he is shooting a career high 39% from long range. His ability to come off of screens and bury perimeter shots makes this offense dangerous on any given night. Defenses need to respect Harris’s shooting abilities which leaves open lanes for penetration from Brooklyn’s ball handlers. Harris doesn’t get the national attention he deserves, but maybe an invite to the Three Point Contest will do just that.
While Harris has earned his spot in this league with his permitter shooting, the 6’6″ guard has shown that he is more than just a shooter this year. With his shot as lethal than ever, defenders have been trying to run Harris off of the three point line, but he has shown the ability to get by his defender and finish inside. Unlike Crabbe, Harris keeps the offense moving with his penetration which opens up permitter shots for his teammates, and open layups for himself.
Harris isn’t going to be the player to lead Brooklyn through this rebuild, but he does provide them the perfect fit to their offensive system. The Nets are a young and fast team, so why not play the guy who gives them just what they are looking for?
Harris deserves the respect he has earned from this team, and the league, and giving him more minutes will do just that. Harris fits exactly what the Nets are looking for on the perimeter, and he has turned into quite the fan favorite in Brooklyn.