On February 17, 2019 it should be about 55 degrees in Charlotte.
How’s that significant, you say? Well, that happens to be the date and location of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game and Weekend.
When we talk about next steps for Harris, the steps above him are lofty territory. Harris’ name-recognition in the league is growing and while it may be one season premature, it’s time for all-star dreams for the Nuggets two-guard.
20 points, seven rebounds and four assists are a reasonable expectation for Harris. They are a moderate improvement over his 2018 stats (17.5ppg, 2.6reb, 2.5ast). Offensive improvement isn’t Gary’s key to an all-star nod, however, his defensive presence is.
Night-over-night, Harris will be facing off with some of the best players in the Association and if past performance is any indication, should hold his own. James Harden gave Harris and the Nuggets a problem last season but the MVP gave everyone problems. Until the playoffs, that is.
Harris will build his brand on matchups, if he wins enough of those matchups, he should join teammate Nikola Jokic as a dark-horse all-star candidate. In the crowded West, quite an honor indeed but one that is inevitable for Harris.