Tobias Harris is having a career season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Through the Clippers’ first 24 games, Harris is averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 41.6 percent from beyond the arc and 85.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Harris’ stellar play is the main reason the Clippers are 16-8 on the season, third place in the rugged Western Conference. Harris’ teammates and coaches have started calling him “The Machine” this season because of his versatility on the court, via Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times:
Coach Doc Rivers likened Harris’ ability to process huge amounts of scouting reports, statistics and film study before games to that of Kevin Garnett.
“He’s like a computer, I swear he is,” Rivers said.
More from Greif:
He likes the nickname the Clippers have assigned him: “The Machine.”
“Anything that can be associated with a machine is Tobias,” assistant Sam Cassell said. “You want to do something he’s not programmed to do? You’ve got to program it.”
Tobias Harris will become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends. The versatile forward turned down an extension from the Clippers this past summer worth $80 million, which was the smart move because he’s going to earn a lot more than that in 2019 on the open market.