Magic at Raptors: Maurice Harkless to start, according to report

Maurice Harkless - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The second-year forward is averaging 6.5 points per game.

Maurice Harkless will start at small forward for the Orlando Magic on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, reports Fox Sports Florida. Harkless takes the place of Arron Afflalo, the Magic's leading scorer at 19.7 points per game, who sprained his right ankle in Friday's win over the New York Knicks.

The rest of Orlando's starting five remains unchanged.

Harkless has started 16 games for Orlando in his second professional season, averaging 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the floor in those contests. He last started on January 15th, also in place of Afflalo, tallying four points and three rebounds in 46 minutes. That combination of few counting stats in so many minutes put him in rare company.

Harkless' best start came on November 1st against the New Orleans Pelicans, in which game he tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, and four steals on 6-of-10 shooting.

Tipoff between Orlando and Toronto is set for 6 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM.

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