5. Harris just isn’t missing from deep
Joe Harris went 4-for-4 from 3-point range against the Houston Rockets, continuing a stretch of ridiculously hot shooting.
In nine games this season, Harris is hitting 58.7 percent from deep.
Throw out his 1-for-7 clunker on opening night, though, and over his last eight games, Harris has made 26-of-39 from behind the arc — a just stupid-hot 66.7 percent.
In his last three games, that number is 11-for-16, 68.8 percent.
Harris is thriving in his new role as the Brooklyn Nets’ starting small forward. With 18 points on Friday night, he’s now averaging 13.9 points per game on the season — well above last season’s career-high of 10.8.
His playing time has increased from 25.3 minutes to 30.6 per night, but the scoring spike holds up under the scrutiny of normalizing playing time. Harris averaged 15.4 points per 36 minutes in his breakout 2017-18 campaign and is at 16.4 points per 36 so far this season.
Harris moved into the starting lineup in the preseason after Allen Crabbe was hurt, with Caris LeVert moving from the 3 to the 2.
With as well as Harris is shooting right now, combined with how bad Crabbe has been — .262/.30.0/12-for-16 after Friday’s 2-for-7/1-for-4 showing — it’s not hard to envision a scenario where Harris remains in the lineup permanently.