Manny Harris is about to find out if he’s going to stick in the NBA or not

Posted: December 10, 2010 by Patrick Hayes in Professional

Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

Certain GLH staffers named Jared Field were mildly surprised when former Detroit Redford and Michigan star Manny Harris made the Cleveland Cavaliers roster as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Now, after barely playing for the Cavs in the first portion of the season and spending time on the inactive list, Harris has not only been activated, but coach Byron Scott looks like he’s ready to give Harris significant minutes to see if he’s capable of contributing.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Harris was Scott’s first substitution of the game Wednesday, replacing Gibson with 4:54 remaining in the first quarter. His first shot attempt was blocked 11 seconds later.

But he nailed a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to bring the Cavaliers to within one point of the Bulls, he was active and energetic defensively and, in general, exhibited the kind of fearless play that helped him earn a place on the roster ahead of last year’s second-round pick, Danny Green.

“Manny played particularly well. He gave us exactly what we wanted,” Scott said.

“He was real good on the defensive end, and didn’t really force anything.”

Harris played a career-high 21 minutes and he’s in a good situation in Cleveland for an undrafted free agent to be in. The Cavs started the season terribly, and are essentially evaluating their entire roster. It makes more sense to play guys like Harris, who have some upside, rather than veteran wings like Anthony Parker or Jamario Moon, who probably aren’t long-term pieces for a rebuilding team. Many players who enter the league the way Harris did don’t have the advantage of getting the extended look he might get, so hopefully he takes advantage.

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