7 players the Milwaukee Bucks gave up on far too soon

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No. 6 – Tobias Harris

A draft night trade brought Tobias Harris to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011. Over the season and a half he spent in Milwaukee, Harris did not see a prominent role, having averaged just 11.5 minutes per game in 70 appearances. Despite showing signs of potential when he did play, Harris was sent to the Orlando Magic in a big trade, where he finally unearthed that potential the Bucks couldn’t.

The 2012-13 season alone says enough. In 28 games with the Bucks, Harris averaged 4.9 points in 11.9 minutes per game. In 27 games with the Magic, he averaged 17.3 points while playing an increased 36.1 minutes per game. It was evident very quickly that the Bucks made a mistake by giving up on a 20-year-old wing who clearly had potential but just needed to play a larger role.

Since then, Harris has cemented his status as one of the league’s best role players no matter what teams he’s played for. He’s never been an All-Star, but he’s been very close several times in his NBA career. The Bucks undoubtedly made a mistake giving up on him, especially considering what they got in that deal with the Magic and what they eventually did with those pieces.