High End: Tobias Harris with better defense
Tobias Harris is an average defender, but he offsets that deficiency thanks to a sweet shot from 3-point range, the ability to rebound the basketball at an efficient clip, make key passes to set up his teammates, and run the floor. If Achiuwa improves his shooting, Harris could be a role model.
Harris has averaged 18.7 points per game over the last five seasons, and the fact that he has started shooting more 3-pointers with an on-target rate of 38% hasn’t had a huge impact on his 48% success rate from the field. A 3-point shot could turn Achiuwa into an offensive player of Harris’ ilk with enough developmental time.
Tobias Harris stands out as what Precious Achiuwa could develop into.
Achiuwa doesn’t need to turn into prime Dirk, but a respectable 3-point shot with a few attempts per game should be enough to draw defenders out of the paint. Uncommonly agile for someone his size, Achiuwa could go to town on slower bigs. Harris has already given him the blueprint.
Achiuwa might not score like Faried, Harris, or Wallace this season given the fact that he is expected to be the backup to Khem Birch, but he should be in line for a decent amount of responsibility on both ends of the floor. With so many talented coaches behind him, we may see one of the best versions of Achiuwa this year.