The Orlando Magic haven’t been secretive about the fact that their plan in the 2013-2014 NBA season isn’t to try and win now, but is rather to look towards their future as a franchise. They are looking to develop young guys like Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and, of course, Victor Oladipo, all of whom seem to have All-Star potential.
Moe Harkless is another young player on their roster who will likely see a lot of time in the upcoming season as the magic try to develop players. However, the results that Harkless will produce in the upcoming season are much harder to predict than they are for those other three players.
In his rookie season last year, Harkless played in 76 games and averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game. He shot a relatively solid 46.1 percent from the field, but was inefficient from beyond-the-arc, shooting just 27.4 percent from three, and from the charity stripe, hitting just 57 percent of his free throws.
Harkless was with the Magic at the Orlando NBA Summer League this year and looked solid. In four games he averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 minutes per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field.
Though Harkless was solid at Summer League, it’s obviously hard to project those results to the regular season, especially for such a young and inexperienced player. Harkless has the athleticism that translates to the NBA, but still needs to work on his decision-making and skills in the NBA. Amidst such young talent with the Magic, Harkless is somewhat of a wildcard. He could blow people away this season or could establish himself as someone that’s no more than a role player. It will be interesting to see which way the Harkless pendulum swings.