After receiving word earlier today that Alan Williams is likely to make his season debut on Thursday, the Suns also decided to keep around someone who’s well deserving in Shaquille Harrison.
With his second 10-day contract set to expire today, Shams Charania of The Vertical is reporting that Phoenix and Harrison are finalizing a new deal.
Sources: The Suns and guard Shaquille Harrison are finalizing a multiyear deal, guaranteeing him for the rest of the season. Harrison’s second 10-day contract expires today and he’s performed well since call up from G League’s Northern Arizona.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2018
Harrison quickly upended Tyler Ulis in the Suns’ point guard rotation due to his knack for being an on-ball pest defensively.
The only rookies this season to post 12 or more steals in their first 9 games are Ben Simmons, Josh Jackson, Frank Ntilikina, and Harrison. For someone called up from the G League to be posting those numbers is very impressive, and it speaks to the hard work Harrison has been putting in to get to this moment.
Interim head coach Jay Triano even said earlier this month that Harrison is the type of player who can change the game with his non-stop motor and underrated defensive ability.
Harrison’s advanced metrics also paint a picture of how valuable he has quickly become. As already one of the team’s best on-ball defenders alongside Jackson, the Suns are +7.7 when he’s on the floor. Harrison’s on-off net rating is equivalent to +17.6, team-best since he signed his first 10-day last month.
There was seemingly no way Harrison was going to not finish out this season with Phoenix after his first 9 games signaled he has NBA-level talent.
Hard work and dedication led Harrison to this exact moment he’s been dreaming of alongside his brother, Monte, who plays in the outfield for the Miami Marlins.
Harrison knocked at the door of opportunity and broke it completely down.
Note: Bright Side of the Sun will update you with details on Harrison’s new deal once we learn more.