LAS VEGAS – The 76ers are finding out that Terry Harris is a fast learner, and someone who could possibly fit into their system.
“Terry picked up things we are doing really at a quick rate,” said Delaware Blue Coats coach Connor Johnson, who is coaching the Sixers’ summer-league team. “I think he’s a big-time shooter, and we’ve seen that. A lot of our offense, you know, is based on movement, ball movement, and spacing the floor. Three-point shooting has been important to that, and Terry can really shoot it.”
Harris’ shooting touch will be on display in the NBA Summer League.
He did not play in Friday’s 107-106 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Thomas & Mack Center, as the Sixers choose games for certain players to take off. Harris’ happened to be Friday. He is expected to play in Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. matchup against the Boston Celtics.
The tournament features all 30 NBA teams and the Croatian and Chinese national teams. Each team will play in four preliminary games. The top eight teams will then compete in a tournament that concludes with a championship game July 15. The squads that don’t qualify for the tourney will each play in a consolation game.
This event will provide the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Harris multiple opportunities to show that his game translates to the NBA.
Harris, the youngest brother of Sixers forward Tobias Harris, made 41.1 percent of his three-pointers last season at North Carolina A&T.
After going undrafted, the Sixers signed him to a summer-league deal. A hard worker, the rookie started training at the Sixers’ practice facility several days before Monday’s start of summer-league minicamp. Harris has been receiving positive feedback since his arrival.
“The coaches are very encouraging, telling me positive things like ‘Keep shooting the ball,’ and play my game out there,” Harris said. “They are looking to me to showcase my abilities in this summer league.”