Joe Harris
Joe Harris
28-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
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Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/12/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Harris has increased his averages across all categories for the second straight year. He made a name for himself as one of the league's best long-range shooters in 2018-19, as the Virginia product won the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend and led the NBA in three-point efficiency with an excellent 47.4 percent mark. He finished his fifth season with career-highs in points (13.7), rebounds (3.8) and assists (2.4). Harris also shot 50.0 percent from the floor, despite more than half of his shot attempts coming from downtown, and he canned 2.4 threes per contest. He played 30.2 minutes per game in 76 starts -- both career-best marks -- and he's likely to open the season as Brooklyn's starting shooting guard. The arrivals of Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan may be a positive for Harris, who could see more open looks as a result of increased defensive attention to his teammates. Harris doesn't offer much on defense, but he's become a well-rounded player on offense thanks to his elevated play and could take yet another step forward in 2019-20, making him an interesting fantasy prospect. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Nets in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Joseph Malcolm Harris was born in 1991 in Chelan, Washington. He is the son of Alice and Joe Harris. Joseph "Joe" Harris Sr. coached high school boys' basketball in Washington for 31 years and was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Joe Sr. was Joe's coach at Chelan High. After the younger Joe's senior year with the Chelan Mountain Goats in 2010, he was named Washington Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Washington Player of the Year. As a pro, the sharpshooting guard now hosts the Joe Harris Basketball Camp in Chelan every June. Harris can play the tuba and enjoys vacationing in Italy. Fans can follow Harris on Twitter @joeharrisbball.

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Joe Harris played four seasons of college basketball at the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers do not like to play fast, so being a double-digit scorer for the squad is a major achievement. Harris achieved the feat in all four seasons for coach Tony Bennett. He made the most of his three-point shot and made 40.0 percent or better of his long-range shots in three of his four seasons and hit 40.7 percent of his treys over his career. During Harris' freshman season (2010-11), he started in 25 of 31 games and averaged 10.4 points per game. Sophomore year, Harris improved to 11.3 points per game, started in 31 of 32 contests and led the Cavaliers to their first NCAA Tournament since 2007. Harris' numbers took a leap during his junior season (2012-13). The guard started all 35 games for UVA and delivered per game averages of 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 blocks per game. On Feb. 28, Harris exploded for season-high 36 points, to go with seven boards and two blocks, in a win over Duke. Harris was named to the First-Team All-ACC as a junior, but the Cavs did not qualify for the tourney. Harris rectified that situation in his senior season. Led by Harris, Virginia won the ACC tournament and Harris was the tournament's MVP. The Cavaliers then advanced to the Sweet 16. Harris scored 14.7 points in the postseason tournament run and led the team with 17 points in the third round loss to Michigan State.

Won't play Thursday
GBrooklyn Nets
Ankle
March 11, 2020
Harris (ankle) is out Thursday against the Warriors, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Harris tweaked his ankle during Tuesday's win over the Lakers, and he'll need at least one game off to recover. While he's on the shelf, Garrett Temple (ankle), Chris Chiozza and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are candidates to see extra minutes.
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2014

The 2014-15 season became an interesting year for rookie Joe Harris. The second-round pick started the year by appearing in 32 of Cleveland's first 38 contests. For a five-game stretch in November, Harris played at least 19 minutes and averaged 6.2 points as a rotation piece for the Cavaliers. On Dec. 30, Harris supplied 13 points, four rebounds and three triples during a loss at Atlanta. On Jan. 5, Harris delivered a season-high 16 points and four assists versus Philadelphia. Shortly afterwards, with the return of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, Harris split his time between Cleveland and the D-League Canton Charge. He was assigned and recalled to and from Canton 11 times. Harris would appear in 11 contests for the Charge, delivering 14.1 points, 5.4 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.6 made treys. In mid-April, Harris participated in three of Cleveland's last four NBA games. On Apr. 12, he scored nine points for the Cavs in a loss at Boston. All told, Harris appeared in 51 games at the NBA level and averaged 10 minutes per NBA game while shooting 37 percent from behind the arc. He posted the third-highest 3-point field goal percentage among rookies who took at least 50 shots from deep. He also hit 40 percent of his field goals and 60 percent of his free throws on his way to 2.7 points per appearance. Harris added 0.6 three-pointers, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.1 steals per NBA contest. The 6-foot-6 guard was also on the Cavs' playoff roster and made six post-season appearances. He scored seven points during the Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 blowout win over the Hawks. Cleveland would go on to lose in six games to the Golden State Warriors in the Championship Finals.

2015

Joe Harris had most of his professional sophomore season cut short due to injury. In October and November, he made appearances in five games for the Cavs. He also handled five stints on assignment with Cleveland's NBA D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, seeing action in 10 games and averaging 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33 minutes per contest. On Nov. 14, he scored a D-League career-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a loss to the Red Claws. On Jan. 12th, Harris underwent season-ending surgery on his right foot. The procedure, which occurred in Indianapolis, removed a bone particle from his foot. On the same day of the surgery, Harris was traded to the Orlando Magic along with a swap of draft picks. He was then released by the Magic shortly after the trade became official. Harris, who is focused on rehabbing his foot, enters the offseason as a free agent.

2016

After season-ending surgery in January of 2016, Joe Harris signed a two-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets in July. He looked sharp during the preseason and immediately became a key bench cog for the club. Harris played in the Nets' first 30 games of the 2016-17 season, averaging 24 minutes per contest. On Nov. 12, Harris exploded for a career-high 19 points - on 5-of-8 three-point shooting - during a win over the Suns. On Dec. 3, Harris drained three triples on his way to 17 points in a loss to the Bucks. Later that month, he matched his career-high of 19 points and went 5-of-9 from behind the arc during a close loss at Philadelphia. The good times kept rolling until a Jan. 20 ankle injury forced Harris to miss six games. He then appeared in 12 February matchups before a concussion suffered in early March versus Utah forced the guard to miss the last 22 games of the season. Despite the injuries, Harris played in a career-high 52 games for Brooklyn. He also generated per game career highs in points (8.2), rebounds (2.8), steals (0.6), made three-pointers (1.6) and minutes played (21.9). It seems Joe Harris has found a home in Brooklyn. His Nets would finish the season at 20-62 and miss the postseason.

2017

Harris's fourth NBA season - and second in Brooklyn - saw the shooting guard appear in a career-high 78 games and average double-digit points per game for the first time. He'd go on to average 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while playing 25.3 minutes per night. Harris scored a career-high 30 points while knocking down six-of-seven three-point tries and grabbing seven rebounds against Cleveland on Mar. 25. He recorded his first career double-double at home to Boston on Jan. 6 by pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds and scoring 10 points. Harris repeated the feat on Feb. 10 when he dropped 12 points and grabbed 10 boards versus New Orleans. He'd also count 21 points to go with seven rebounds in a win over Miami on Dec. 29. The Virginia product would set a new career-high with seven assists against Washington on Dec. 22. He lead the Nets with a .419 three-point percentage among qualified players. Harris went 5-for-5 from deep on his way to 19 points at Oklahoma City on Jan. 23. He then struck for 17 points, six assists and four rebounds against Milwaukee on Apr. 5.

2018

Harris found himself in the NBA spotlight last season after outgunning Stephen Curry in the final round of the Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend to claim victory in the prestigious contest. Though many viewed the outcome as an upset, Harris actually posted the superior three-point percentage overall in 2018-19. In fact, his 47.4 percentage from behind the arc led the NBA and was nearly two percentage points higher than the mark posted by Danny Green, who finished second. Harris' sharpshooting was part of an impressive campaign that saw him establish career highs in nearly every per-game offensive category, including points (13.7), three-pointers (2.4), rebounds (3.8) and assists (2.4). Harris also received the most playing time of his career, averaging 30.2 minutes per game, but his statistical growth was not merely a product of more minutes on the court. A glance at his advanced stats reveals that Harris was more efficient than ever last season, as his true-shooting percentage (64.5 percent) and effective field-goal percentage (62.2 percent) were both the highest marks of his career. Harris' durability and consistency were also key factors in his strong season. He finished the campaign ranked second on the club in total playing time, logging 2,293 minutes on the court. He also avoided prolonged slumps, averaging between 12.9 and 16.0 ppg while hitting at least 46.0 percent of his shots each month. Harris' averaged only 8.8 points per game on 37.2 percent shooting from the field in the Nets' first-round playoff exit, but that shouldn't detract from a breakout campaign during which he emerged as one of the league's best shooters.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2nd round (33rd pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 22, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • January 12, 2016
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with cash considerations and a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Orlando Magic for a 2020 2nd round draft pick. (2017 2nd-Rd Pick was protected pick from SAC and did not convey) (2020 2nd-rd pick is protected pick from POR)
  • July 19, 2016
    Signed a two-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets
  • July 24, 2018
    Signed as a free agent another two-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
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In his second season with the Nets, Harris' contributions became more significant and he found himself in a prominent rotation role. He came off the bench for much of the year, but was the next guy up to jump into the top unit when either starting wing, Allen Crabbe or DeMarre Carroll, missed a contest. As a result, Harris picked up 14 starts across 78 games and found himself averaging a career-high 25.3 minutes per game. The 26-year-old's ability to open the floor with his three-point shooting is his main calling card. He shot a scorching hot 41.9 percent from deep and dropped 1.9 three-pointers per game. He also shot just under 50 percent from the field and 82.7 percent from the free-throw, so to say he was efficient would be an understatement. However, Harris added just 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists, so his contributions for Fantasy purposes lied for the most part in his three-point totals. Still, the Nets liked his overall development and opted to re-sign him to a two-year, $16 million extension this offseason. With Crabbe and Carroll back, Harris should slot into his reserve wing role to start the year once again and he'll battle Caris LeVert for the backup wing minutes. Look for Harris to be a deep league option as a deep ball specialist, but his lack of contributions elsewhere will limit his utility in shallower leagues.
Following two years with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Harris spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Nets, more than doubling his previous high in playing time with 21.9 minutes per game. That easily translated to his best year as a professional, averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.6 three-pointers as a key reserve for Brooklyn. Harris' ability to shoot from three-point land is his best attribute, exemplified by his 38.5 percent clip from beyond the arc last season. However, the Nets added the likes of D'Angelo Russell, Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll in the offseason, all of whom are capable shooters from distance, which is going to severely hurt Harris' value moving forward. Crabbe, specifically, is going to take over as the team's top three-point threat, which is going to leave Harris in just a minor bench role. With a decent drop in minutes set for the upcoming campaign, Harris will likely be off the Fantasy radar in the majority of formats.
Harris began last season as a non-rotation player for the Cavaliers before undergoing foot surgery and getting traded to the Magic as a throw-in in the Channing Frye deal. The former Virginia star was subsequently waived and spent the rest of the season recovering from the procedure. Harris will get a fresh start with the Nets, but he faces an uphill battle to finding consistent minutes, even on one of the league's worst rosters. While he's a strong defender and underrated athlete, Harris has struggled shooting the ball in limited action (career 39.5% mark from the field) and has been only average in a handful of D-League stints. With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic, Caris LeVert, Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick all firmly ahead of Harris on the depth chart, don't expect him to make more than a minimal impact in 2016-17.
Perhaps the best thing about Joe Harris' rookie season is that through the first half of the season, he was able to stay off of the NBDL's Canton Charge. For a five-game stretch in November, Harris played at least 19 minutes and averaged 6.2 points as a rotation piece for the early Cavaliers. Once the calendar flipped to January (with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert coming on board), Harris learned the route between Cleveland and Canton very well. He was assigned and recalled 11 times. All told, Harris appeared in 51 games for 10 minutes per game. He hit 40 percent of his field goals and 60 percent of his free throws on his way to 2.7 points per game. Harris added 0.6 three-pointers, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.1 steals. The 6-6 guard only made token appearances in the playoffs, but he was on the roster. With the same players ahead of him on the roster (in addition to Richard Jefferson), Harris may spend more time with the Charge this season, where he averaged 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds over 32 minutes in 11 games. Should Cleveland once again be hit by injuries, Harris could find a nice role as a 3-and-D player.
Joe Harris was the second-round pick of the Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft. He was taken 33rd overall. While his statistics from his senior season at Virginia were good but don't standout. He provided 12.0 points on 44 percent from the field, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game. There are plenty of other factors that went into his becoming a pro. First, he hit 41 percent of his three-pointers over his four-year collegiate career. Second, Virginia was one of the slowest paced (euphemistically called "defensively oriented") teams in the nation, so Harris' counting numbers were diminished by the team's style. It's no euphemism that Virginia played stringent defense under coach Tony Bennett, and Harris was at the lead of the defensive attack. He averaged 16.3 points as a junior before Malcolm Brogdon arrived to balance the offense. The 6-6 guard possesses adequate size to be a solid defender in the NBA. The problem will be earning playing time behind Dion Waiters and Mike Miller. Harris may spend time learning the ropes in the D-league, but he should be mature enough to step in and hit some three-pointers.
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Tweaks ankle in win
GBrooklyn Nets
Ankle
March 11, 2020
Harris finished Tuesday's 104-102 win over the Lakers with 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. He appeared to tweak his right ankle late in the contest, but he was cleared to return to action, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
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Drops 23 against Bulls
GBrooklyn Nets
March 8, 2020
Harris scored 23 points (8-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding two rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes during Sunday's 110-107 win over the Bulls.
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Two boards shy of double-double
GBrooklyn Nets
March 5, 2020
Harris posted 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt), eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 loss against the Grizzlies.
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Rough night in victory
GBrooklyn Nets
March 4, 2020
Harris posted 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and five rebounds across 21 minutes during Tuesday's 129-120 overtime win over the Celtics.
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Catches fire from distance Saturday
GBrooklyn Nets
March 1, 2020
Harris accumulated 20 points (7-15 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes during Saturday's 116-113 loss to the Heat.
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