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ESPN highlights Joe Harris adding extra dimension to his game

Zach Lowe calls Harris “the league’s happiest player development success story”

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets may not be in contention for the NBA Playoffs any longer this season. But for former Virginia Cavalier Joe Harris, 2018 has still been a success.

He’s logged career highs in minutes and games played. He’s scored more than half of his career points in this season alone. And with one more start, he’ll match his total number of starts from his first three seasons.

Zach Lowe of ESPN has taken notice, and named “Drivin’ Joe Harris” one of his favorite things in the NBA this week.

As proof of how Harris has improved his game off the dribble, Lowe points to Brookyln’s points per possession following a Harris drive (1.25) or pick-and-roll (1.14). Both are among the league’s best.

Lowe’s conclusion should warm many a heart in Charlottesville and Chelan:

Harris is a worker, and the Nets are turning themselves into one of the league’s best player development labs. Harris is about to sign a fat contract.

With Malcolm Brogdon the league’s reigning Rookie of the Year, and Harris one of its rising stars, there’s a UVA renaissance afoot in the pro ranks.