If there was one thing Dragon fans could count on night after night this season, it was the consistent play of American swingman Mike Harris. Sunday’s game in Hangzhou against the seventh ranked Lions was no different. Harris posted his 34th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a 116-100 defeat. Despite holding a 3-point lead at the end of the first quarter, a 27-15 Lions run in the second proved too much for Harris and the visiting Dragons to overcome. Bringing an end to a major rebuilding year, Jiangsu wrapped up its 2012-2013 campaign in the 12th spot, a significant improvement over the previous years squad that finished in dead last.
A bitter end to a promising season, Harris returns home to Houston this week with the love and admiration of the thousands that watched and supported him throughout the year in China. A league leader in both scoring and rebounding, Mike posted a double-double literally each and every time he stepped on the floor, shooting better than 60% from the field and 85% from the free throw line. The question Dragon fans have now is not how good their star player is, but where he will end up next. A solid performer in every league he has played, Harris’s stock is high and fans both at home and abroad expect to see him in an NBA uniform in the coming weeks. He has certainly proved he will be a solid addition to any team looking for consistent production and hustle night after night. Stay tuned!