"My beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good." - Bill Walton.

 
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21  -  Maurice Harkless - SF/PF, 6'9, 207
Orlando Magic - Acquired via trade in August 2012
       Date of birth: 05/11/1993
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 15th pick, 2012
     Out of: St. John's
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2011 - 2012 St. John's (NCAA)
June 2012 - August 2012 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
August 2012 - present Orlando Magic (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 15th overall by Philadelphia.
9th July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $8,323,699 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
10th August, 2012 NBA As a part of a four team deal, traded by Philadelphia to Orlando, along with Nikola Vucevic and a 2015 first round pick, and along with Andre Iguodala to Denver, in exchange for Jason Richardson from Orlando and Andrew Bynum from the L.A. Lakers.
26th November, 2012 D-League Recalled by Houston from Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
30th November, 2012 D-League Assigned by Houston to Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.


From blog:


   2012 NBA Draft Diary
2012-06-30

Pick 15: Philly picks next, but they too don't seem right for Zeller, having picked the similar Nikola Vucevic just last year. Sure enough, they don't, instead opting for a more awkward fit.

Whilst picking for need over quality is not really the way to go, it's always nice if you can pick players who are both. The Sixers have obvious needs - anyone who can consistently score, some outside shooting, an athletic shot blocker and a big man plenty of bulk. Inevitably, then, they just someone who is none of those things; the artist formerly known as Mo Harkless (who now wants to be known as Maurice), who can learn how to be the next Thaddeus Young under the direct watch of Thaddeus himself.

The panel unanimously agrees that this duplication doesn't matter, as long as the player involved is the best available and/or has the highest upside. This is a frankly refreshing viewpoint that I guarantee Jon Barry doesn't share.



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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Orlando
2013-07-09

Maurice Harkless

Harkless's rookie season was a mixed bag. He showed that through physical tools alone, he could affect the game on both ends just by being in the right place, but he also showed that he needs to put in considerable work on knowing where the right place is. He demonstrated real defensive potential at times, Shawn Marion-esque, yet not without mistakes and also an uncertain and unclean offensive game. There's a lot to like, but also a lot to do.

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