Clean-shaven Joe Harris was a top bench performer for the Brooklyn Nets last season, sniping at a 49.1 percent rate overall and hitting 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
Bearded Joe Harris was not nearly that efficient in the preseason opener Wednesday night. Harris was 3-for-10 overall and just 2-of-8 from 3-point range as the Nets attempted to prove that bad shooting is, in fact, contagious.
Harris’ defensive weaknesses were also put on full display, as he struggled with the quickness of Allonzo Trier during the rookie’s second-quarter eruption.
Still, Harris finished one of the best sequences of the night for Brooklyn, canning a corner 3 after the Nets moved the ball smartly around and got the Knicks defense on its heels.
This grade is what it is because Harris was where he was supposed to be and pulled the trigger when he had open looks. He just didn’t knock them down. He’s simply too good a shooter for that to become a long-term trend.