After the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, the attention was on Joel Embiid, who outdueled Nikola Jokic. However, the Sixers also received a big game from Tobias Harris.
Harris had 24 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and he received a great deal of praise from his teammates. For the Sixers to win a championship this season, they need Harris to give them a boost.
On the TNT postgame show on Tuesday, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal believes Harris can be that boost the Sixers need to win a title:
His name is Tobias Harris. He’s the other. The one-two punch and then everybody else to just fill in, but Tobias has to be the other that scores 15-to-20 points every game. I need him every night. 24 like tonight was 8-for-10. Next game, he can’t have six or eight like he needs to be that third guy. The third option nobody talks about. Nobody cares about. He’s a guy. If he can play like that, I’m guaranteeing Philadelphia’s gonna win a championship.
Harris is the guy the Sixers need to be that consistent third scorer for them. He can do a variety of things on the floor, and the Sixers will turn to him when the postseason comes around in April and May to help Embiid and Tyrese Maxey get the job done.