POS: SF/SG HT: 6-9 WT: 210 COLLEGE: St. John's
AGE: Turns 21 on May 11, 2014.
NBA EXPERIENCE: 2013-14 will be his second season.
HOW THE MAGIC ACQUIRED HIM: Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers in the four-team, 12-player deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers on Aug. 10, 2012.
CONTRACT STATUS: In the second year of his rookie-scale contract. The team can exercise options to keep him for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
2012-13 STATS: 26.0 mpg, 8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.16 spg, .461 fg%, .274 3p%, .570 ft%
SCOUTING REPORT: Magic officials love Harkless' athleticism, nose for the basketball and his height. After sports hernia surgery sidelined him all last preseason, Harkless made his Magic debut early in the regular season and made steady progress. Team officials think he can become a top-notch defender because of his quickness and his long arms. He's added muscle to his lanky frame, and the added bulk should help him withstand punishment on drives to the hoop. On offense, he worked during the offseason to improve his ball-handling and his midrange and long-distance shooting.
THE SEASON AHEAD: It's important to remember that Harkless is just 20 years old, and he still has lots of room to develop. It would help his game if his improved ball-handling translates to more drives to the hoop, and I wouldn't be surprised if he spends more time at shooting guard than he did last season. The Magic are still in the early stages of their rebuilding process, and the team can afford to let youngsters like Harkless learn on the fly.
ODDS & ENDS: His nickname is "Moe." . . . He grew up in Queens, N.Y., not far from where Magic teammate Kyle O'Quinn grew up. . . . Harkless' favorite food is crab legs. . . . His Twitter handle is @moe_harkless.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.