Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris was unhappy with how head coach Brett Brown utilized him in the campaign behind us. That was visible in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors. Tobias had only nine shots in that encounter while Joel Embiid (18) and Jimmy Butler (14) got all the critical attempts. Harris even dropped to the No. 5 offensive option in situations when the Sixers ran plays for Ben Simmons or JJ Redick.
“I was definitely underutilized,” Harris told Marcus Hayes. “For sure, last year, we had a combination of different guys. We had the newness of everybody. But yes, I was definitely underutilized.”
Harris averaged 18.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg after coming in a trade from the Clippers which included Boban Marjanović and Mike Scott, and saw Wilson Chandler, Landry Shamet, and Mike Muscala going the other way,
After becoming a free agent this summer, Harris wanted to talk to coach Brown about his role with the team if he opts to return to Philadelphia. Days following their discussion, Harris received a five-year deal worth of $180 million. Only a few hours later, the Sixers agreed to a sign-and-trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat while Philly got Josh Richardson.
Brett Brown promised Harris to use him more than ever in the next campaign after his field goal attempts dropped from 15.5 per game with the Clippers to 13.9 during the playoffs with the 76ers. Harris is a great pick-and-roll player, and with Joel Embiid as his partner in the offense, he knows he be a threat.
“For me, it’s something that I work at every single day. I’m a scorer to the heart. It’s what I do best. It’s what I’ve done my whole career,” Harris said. “I’m for sure ready to be in that position. To take those shots.”
With the current starting lineup of Simmons, Richardson, Harris, Horford, and Embiid, Tobias and Embiid will likely share the offensive workload, and the 27-year-old is looking forward to the next season.
“I’m going to be in a position to play-make and to score. I’ll be more with the ball in my hands in certain situations,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to that.”