Orlando Magic Should Increase Maurice Harkless' Time By 10 Minutes Per Game

By John Raffel
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Harkless hasn’t enjoyed perfection in every game he’s played this season for the Orlando Magic.

Neither has any player on the Magic roster or on just about any other NBA team.

Harkless has had a couple of off games lately. But the ability to score in double figures frequently this season as a rookie proves he has solid potential in the league. He’s in a poor situation playing for the slumping Orlando Magic. It can’t be the best motivation for a rookie to wake up every morning thinking about how he can improve his play when he realizes he’s on a team that’s probably going to lose its next game.

But that’s why the Magic coaches and organization have to figure out how to take Harkless’ talent and use them to the team’s benefit, even if it means getting rid of some of the players that aren’t producing.

Harkless is a 6-foot-8 forward who can create his own shot, drive to the basket and give his team a chance to win.

He’s averaging 8.09 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Those are extremely modest figures but not bad for a rookie averaging only 25 minutes a game. The Magic need to increase Harkless’ minutes by 10 next year, and work with him on going to the boards harder and collecting more rebounds. He handles the ball well, considering he’s averaging less than a turnover per game.

Harkless probably wishes he had done more this season. Perhaps, the Magic wish they would have used him more. Something can be done about that on both counts next year.

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