Moe Harkless has always been viewed by us as a talented young player. We've viewed him as raw, but full of potential. When we acquired him in the Dwight Howard trade, the scouting report stated that we were getting a player with elite physical tools, great character, and a high ceiling. His flaws were obvious. Moe was a terrible jump shooter as well as a poor ball handler. So far, most have viewed his second season as a disappointment. His playing time has been scaled back, and at times he appears to be tentative on the offensive side of the ball. I delved into his stats from this last month and came away pleasantly surprised! The sample size that I am using for this analysis is 14 games, dating back to 12-29-13.
Free throws 21-24 86%
3pt percentage 8-21 38%
Feild goals 37-65 57%
Courtesy of Mike from Illinois,
True Shooting 68.2%
I concede the sample size is small, but at only 20 years old, I believe we have a long way to go before we see the best of Moe Harkless! With it looking more and more likely that Andrew Wiggins will be available to us on draft night, it occurs to me that in regards to the Magic, both their fates are intertwined! I believe in most cases, the proper strategy is to take the best player available. I would argue, that if you have a Dwight Howard at Center, your not drafting Joel Embiid! I'm not advocating that Moe is at that level, but I do think he needs a bump in minutes down the stretch in order to ascertain his value. If we are sold on Wiggins, at the very least Harkless needs to be showcased for a Draft night trade. I envision packaging him with the wonk pick to move into the top ten.