Tobias Harris, popularly known as T.J., is a professional basketball player who currently plays as a striker for the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. He played on a varsity basketball team as an eighth-grader and would later play college football in Tennessee, but only for one season, after which he signed up for the NBA Draft.
Charlotte Bobcats voted him 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and traded him for the Milwaukee Bucks. He would later play for Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons before switching to the Clippers in January 2018, along with Boban Marjanovic and Avery Bradley in exchange for three players (Brice Johnson, Willie Reed, and Blake Griffin).
Who Is Tobias Harris? – Bio
Harris was born on July 15, 1992, in Islip, New York, to African-American parents – Lisa and Torrel Harris. His full name is Tobias John Harris. He is not his parents’ only child, as he has five other siblings – two sisters (Tori and Tesia) and three brothers (Tyler, Terry, and Torrel). All his family members are involved in the game.
His father is a former sports agent and college player. Two of his brothers are also involved in the game. While his brother Tyler plays in the Development League with the Windy City Bulls, Terry plays as a junior striker in Eastern Michigan. His sisters will not be forgotten, Tori plays for James Madison University, while Tesia (his oldest sister) played basketball in St. John’s.
He attended Half Hollow Hills High School West where he began his basketball career until 2008 when he transferred to Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School Brookville, New York for his junior year. Later, Harris moved back to Half Hollow Hills High School West for his senior year. In 2010 he earned the McDonald’s All-American and Mr. New York Basketball titles.
After high school, he played college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers. Under coach Bruce Pearl, Harris played in the point guard position. He became one of the most consistent players in the country and earned several awards and titles, including USBWA Freshman All-America Second Team Selection of USBWA Freshman All-America, Second Team Selection All-SEC.
He also earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team, finishing fifth among all newcomers in the six major conferences with an average of 15.3 points per game. He recorded an average of 7.3 rebounds per game, which earned him a sixth-place among all newcomers at the major conferences.
In May 2011, he signed up for the NBA draft after spending just one season with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Tobias Harris began his NFL career with the Charlotte Bobcats, who moved him to the Milwaukee Bucks after they voted him 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. In December of the same year, he signed a rookie rating with the Bucks and would make his professional debut with the team in a game against the L.A. Clippers in January 2012.
During his rookie season, he played a total of forty-two (42) games, starting nine and averaging a total of 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in an average time of 11.4 minutes per game. At the end of his rookie season, the Bucks exercised their team option for the third year and extended his contract until the next season (2013-14).
In February 2013, Harris was transferred to Orlando Magic along with two other players (Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb) in exchange for Ish Smith, Gustavo Ayón, and J. J. Redick.
During his first season at Orlando Magic, T.J. not only tripled his average points per game but also quadrupled his assists, blocks, and rebounds per game. With this amazing record, the franchise was not ready to release him, they exercised their fourth-year team option on him and extended his rookie contract scale to the next season (2014/2015).
His records did not go down. In a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in January 2014, Harris scored twenty-eight points and 20 rebounds at the peak of his career. In March, he scored thirty-one points in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers – a career-high of thirty-one points.
He would later sign a four-year contract worth $64 million with the Magic in July 2015. In February 2016 he was traded again, this time to Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova.
In January 2018 the Pistons traded Tobias Harris along with Boban Marjanovic and Avery Bradley in exchange for Brice Johnson, Willie Reed, and Blake Griffin to the Clippers. During his debut game, he scored twenty-four points and in a 128-117 win over the Phoenix Suns, he scored thirty points and recorded twelve rebounds.
His Height, Weight, And Body Statistics
The NBA player stands at the height of 6’7″ (2.03 m). His last measured weight was 107 kg (235 lb), but his other body statistics are not available at the moment.