Tennessee basketball best NBA career No. 4: Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris was a clear blue-chip prospect, a 5-star forward who was ranked Top 10 or higher by all the major recruiting sites back in 2010. The New Yorker went with Bruce Pearl and headed to Tennessee, spending just a single season playing for the Volunteers in what would be Pearl’s final season in Knoxville.
The former high school star would prove to be impactful at the college level, averaging 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in his only collegiate season. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, had a number of double-doubles and was one of the conference’s best rebounders and all-around contributors, helping the Volunteers to another NCAA Tournament appearance.
After starring as a freshman, he was off to the NBA. Harris was taken with the 19th pick in 2011 and has played for five different franchises for the last 12 seasons. Originally, a Milwaukee Buck, he started to come into his own as a scorer after being traded to the Orlando Magic, one of five trades in his career.
He’s basically been a full-time starter for four different teams since that trade, averaging a career-high 20.0 points per game in 2019, splitting time between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. He’s been one of the 76ers’ starting forwards for the last four and a half seasons, averaging 17.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for a potent Philly squad that was recently knocked out of the 2023 playoffs.
Not including the postseason, Harris has scored 13,398 career points in the NBA and certainly has found his footing in the league. This former high school All-American was Tennessee’s key player back in 2011 and has made quite the basketball career for himself. He’s also the leader among former Volunteers in career blocks at 436.