NBA’s West and East Players of the Week for the second week of season: Warriors guard Stephen Curry and 76ers forward Tobias Harris.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 4, 2021
76ers forward, Tobias Harris has earned the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for his stellar run recently. Over the last three games, Harris has averaged 23.3 points, to go with 9.7 boards, 2 blocks per game, two steals per game, he knocked down 9-16 from 3, and went 28-49 from the field. The Sixers went 3-0 over this span as they defeated the Raptors, Magic and Hornets. Harris was a game high plus-minus in each contest. The win streak has planted Philadelphia atop the standings at 5-1, the best win percentage in the entire NBA.
The team has not been truly tested yet, the schedule has been fairly light so far, however, Doc Rivers certainly deserves some credit here. He has encouraged Harris to be more decisive, and make faster decisions, and as a result, for starters, we’re seeing more triples from Tobi. The season is young but already Harris has increased his three point volume from 5.2 attempts per 36 last season to 5.8 so far in this go round. What’s more, he’s shooting a blistering hot 48.4 percent on the season from downtown.
Then there was this, one of the best dunks of his career as he posterized Bismack Biyombo with the one-handed tomahawk jam:
That dunk by Tobias Harris pic.twitter.com/a5Jc3yx4j7— Bestsportshighlights (@BSHighlights) January 3, 2021
Harris, who asserted himself as the team’s emotional and vocal leader in many ways last season, consistently raising his level of play this year to near All-Star form could potentially vault Philly into the Eastern Conference’s elite.
So far, the all-important trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Harris has performed quite well:
jo, ben and tobias lineups are doing okay so far pic.twitter.com/jygRBKJA64— Ben Detrick (@bdetrick) January 1, 2021
The season is young, but Harris has recently been thriving and it’s cool for him he’s been acknowledged with this award. Steph Curry, who you may have heard of, dropped 62 the other night and won the award for the Western Conference. Anytime you can share an award with the former unanimous MVP and three time champion, it’s a good thing. Great work lately by Harris on both ends of the floor. Coupled with some new additions to the roster, and improved spacing, Harris has set the bar high for his teammates in the early going.