Much is made about the “current NBA” or the “modern-day NBA.” You’ll hear terms like “pace and space” or just “spacing.” My current favorite buzzphrase is “freedom of movement.”
Cliché and tiresome may it be, it’s become paramount. Until someone finds a way to conquer a well-executed pick-and-roll surrounded by shooters, we’re stuck here. The person who figures it out is the next great NBA innovator, bound to have their name written in stone.
Offenses today can’t work without players like Joe Harris. He is a distilled, concentrated microcosm of what it means to play offense in the NBA in 2018.