ORLANDO – Undrafted by an NBA franchise, Kevon Harris has spent the last two years tirelessly working to prove that he belongs in the league.
From stints in the G League to a contract overseas to showcasing his skills in summer league, the 6-foot-6, 216-pound guard has seized every opportunity to prove that he belongs in the association.
On Monday, Harris took the next step in that journey as he signed a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic.
“It means everything,” the 25-year-old, Stephen F. Austin alum said. “I’ve worked all my life to get to this point. It’s a surreal moment. I’m just looking forward to it, helping this team, and showing them what I can do.”
Harris is fresh off a sensational showing in the 2022 NBA2K23 Summer League. Playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, he posted 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steal per game, while also shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range. He showed flashes both with and without the ball in his hands and made several hustle plays over the course of his five-game summer stint with Minnesota that would have earned him a ‘bell’ in Orlando.
“I was able to show that I can do more than just score the basketball,” Harris said of his summer league performance. “I feel like that was a stigma on me. I’m able to guard and be very versatile on and off ball. I feel like I was able to show my skillset and everything and show that I belong in the NBA.”
Proving that he belongs is a concept all too familiar to Harris. He’s spent the last two seasons with Raptors 905 in the G League. Sandwiched in between those two seasons, he went overseas to play for KK Zadar, one of Croatia’s premier basketball clubs.
Last season for Toronto's G League team, Harris took a leap, averaging 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 30.2 minutes per game.
“(The time in the G League) built my confidence,” he said. “It just got me ready for the next level of being able to show what I can do in the NBA and show that I can stick and have a long season and a long career in the NBA and (help) lead this team to greatness. That’s the goal right now.”
Overjoyed with the opportunity, Harris met with Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman, Head Coach Jamahl Mosley, and Assistant General Manager Pete D'Alessandro on Monday to sign his deal and was instantly blown away by the team’s culture.
“They believe in me, and I believe in them,” said Harris.
After signing his deal, D'Alessandro made sure to hand the black pen with a Magic logo on it back to Harris, who was pleased to keep a memento from his first NBA contract. And with a wide-stretched smile, he spoke about his excitement to play in front of Magic fans in Orlando and Lakeland this upcoming season.
“(Magic fans will see) competitiveness, obviously,” said Harris, who joins Admiral Schofield as Orlando's other two-way player. “I feel like I’m great on both ends. I feel like I’m versatile and can guard multiple positions. I can score the ball. So (Magic fans) can look forward to seeing a dog out there every night.”
Eager to continue making progress in his NBA journey, the Georgia alum can’t wait to get to work. He’s spent part of the offseason working out with Chuma Okeke and is a former college teammate of Magic video assistant Davonte Lawrence-Fitzgerald.
“(I want to prove) that I belong in this league,” he said. “Come out here every night and prove that with a chip on my shoulder. I feel like in summer league I did that and I’m just going to keep showing that every day and every game.”