Bill Simmons delayed his annual trade value column which for fans has become an unofficial ranking of the best players in the NBA. The list is Simmons' attempt to take into account both a player's skill and his value in dollars and cents to determine who would be traded for whom straight up. The No. 2 player would be traded only for the No. 1 player, and so on and so forth.
It is always an entertaining read, and as with everything Simmons writes, is sure to spark debate.
The lowly Orlando Magic could not have expected to have much reference in this list. Not after a league-worst 20-62 season and a year removed from trading away a superstar player. The hope with that deal was to put the team in position to make a future free agency or draft move in a few years and collect young talent. The goal was not to have someone crack this list until deals started getting made.
A deal got made. And someone cracked the list.
Bill Simmons of Grantland joined the chorus in praising Tobias Harris' late run with the Magic and taking advantage of the opportunity given to him. Harris finished 42nd on the list, a pretty impressive feat for a guy that was not a rotation player for the Bucks before the trade. Orlando gave Harris a chance and he turned heads.
Harris has been a revelation: 6-foot-8, plays inside and outside, shoots 3s, rebounds … I mean, how in the f*ing f* of f*s did Milwaukee not know what it had here? He didn't show ANY flashes in practice? I'm profoundly confused by that trade. He's been a 20-10 guy for the past month and he's only 20 years old. Are you kidding me?????
Harris averaged 17.3 points per game, shot 45.3 percent from the floor and grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game in 27 games with the Magic. Harris posted a 17.0 PER with Orlandoo. This was a case of more playing time leading to more confidence leading to some really great play.
And he IS only 20 years old.no comments