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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Now, the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

Well, not really.

I've just been watching a lot of "Arrested Development" lately.

The show recently became available on Netflix and it's pretty much consumed my entire existence for the past month.

I don't think there is anyone more hilarious on the show than David Cross who stars as Michael Bluth's quirky brother-in-law, Tobias Funke. The doctor- turned-therapist-turned-actor is a laugh riot in his cutoff jeans and Blue Man group makeup.

And speaking of people named Tobias (notice how organic that segue was), Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic might be the hottest player in the state of Florida right now.

Since being acquired from Milwaukee at the trade deadline, the 20-year-old has led his team in scoring with an average of 16.6 ppg in 18 appearances.

Harris has really been sizzling over his last three outings. Over that span, he has put together averages of 26.3 ppg, 2.7 bpg and 8.3 rpg, while shooting 52.7 percent from the field (29-for-55).

Harris' contributions haven't been limited to just scoring and rebounding. He's been outstanding from behind the arc (6-for-11 on threes over his last three games) and he's also taken exceptional care of the basketball (just one turnover per game).

The University of Tennessee alum enjoyed the finest game of his professional career Friday night against the Wizards. He netted a career-high 30 points in 45 minutes of action.

By corralling 11 rebounds, Harris was able to record his fourth double-double of the season. All four have come as a member of the Magic.

In a year and a half with the Bucks, Harris posted just one double-double in 70 games.

With half of Orlando's team on the injured list, Harris has had to play big minutes for the Magic. After logging 45 minutes in Friday's game, Harris has now played at least 40 minutes in each of his last four games. Three of the top ten scorers in the NBA haven't done that this season (LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook).

The 6-foot-8 forward has also had to play out of his comfort zone. A small forward by trade, Harris has been starting at power forward with Kyle O'Quinn filling in for the injured Nikola Vucevic (concussion) at center.

Surprisingly, the transition to power forward has paid off for Harris. In five games without Vucevic in the lineup, he's averaged 20.6 ppg and 9.0 rpg compared to 15.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg before the injury.

It's gotten to the point where even on an off shooting night, Harris can still make his presence felt. On March 22, he bricked 14 of his 17 field goal tries, but nonetheless managed 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds versus Oklahoma City. Harris sank all four of his free throw attempts in that contest.

No one could have seen this coming earlier in the year. Harris was a benchwarmer in Milwaukee, averaging just 11.6 minutes per game in 28 games. His 4.9 ppg on 4.1 field goal attempts per game barely registered among fantasy owners.

Now Harris is well-known in the fantasy community. His ownership recently rose to 94.5 percent in ESPN leagues, a 9.5 percent increase from where it was earlier in the week.

Few forwards have been as productive as Harris over the past month. He's 14th among forwards and seventh among small forwards in fantasy ppg since the beginning of March.

In leagues where Harris carries power forward eligibility, he ranks eighth. Some of the names ahead of him include Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin and Carlos Boozer.

The secret to Harris' success? It could be his number.

This topic led to an argument between broadcasters Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy on the air a few nights ago. Instead of retiring the number of the greatest player in franchise history, the Magic allowed Harris to reclaim Dwight Howard's No. 12 when he arrived in late February.

Could some of Dwight's magic (no pun intended) be rubbing off on Harris?

It sure looks like it.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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