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Former Raptors guard Jalen Harris reinstated after year suspension

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Former Raptors guard Jalen Harris reinstated after year suspension
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Former Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been reinstated, following a one-year suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy. He was selected 59th overall by the team in the 2020 NBA Draft.

On Tuesday, the NBA and NBPA released this statement: “The NBA and National Basketball Players Association today granted the application of Jalen Harris to be reinstated as an NBA player.”

Harris was eligible for reinstatement because he was a first-year player. For league veterans, a two-year ban is the standard punishment for a drug violation. Harris took to Twitter to respond to this news.

Furthermore, the 6’5″ guard last played in the 2020-21 season. During his rookie season, through 13 games played, Harris averaged 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also averaged 50% shooting from the field and 47.2% from 3-point range.

On May 14, 2021, in the Raptors’ 114-110 loss against the Dallas Mavericks, Harris scored a career-high 31 points in 36 minutes of action. He finished 12-for-21 (57.1%) shooting from the floor.

While the Raptors retain his rights, the team is full right now. A two-way contract is also not available. According to NBC Sports, Harris could play in the G League. He might be looking to sign an Exhibit 10 contract as well.

NBA reinstates former Raptors guard Jalen Harris after one-year suspension

Additionally, on July 1, 2021, the NBA suspended the guard one full season for violating explicit rules of the anti-drug program.

Last season, he played for the Vanoli Cremona of the Lega Basket Serie A. In 18 games played, while shooting 38.5% from the floor, Harris also averaged 13.8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Now, the guard is currently signed with the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). In Scarborough’s 80-70 loss to the Montreal Alliance, Harris ended his performance with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

He helped lead the Shooting Stars to the CEBL Championship Game after putting up 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in another notable win.

While in the NCAA, through a total of 68 games played, Harris averaged 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1 steal per game. Plus, he averaged 45.1% shooting from the field and 35.9% from downtown. The guard played his first two years at Louisiana Tech.

In his freshman 2016-17 season, Harris averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. These stats are based on appearances in 27 games. He was then selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Then, he spent his next two years with the Nevada Wolfpack. After sitting out as a redshirt for his 2018-19 junior season, Harris averaged career-highs 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in the 2019-20 season.

Not to mention, he played 33 minutes per game in 30 games started. Harris then won Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and was selected to the All-Mountain West First Team in 2020.

If Jalen Harris returns to the NBA, he cannot risk another suspension. He celebrated his 24th birthday this past Sunday.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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