Second-year forward Justin Harper is competing for a roster spot, but he has played sparingly so far this month.
He logged just five minutes of playing time in the preseason opener last Sunday and didn’t play at all against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
Vaughn said he wanted to give Quentin Richardson some playing time against the Sixers because Richardson had missed several days of practice and the preseason opener because of stomach flu.
Vaughn also wanted to give a few additional players extended minutes rather than give all of his players just a few minutes apiece.
After playing and practicing at power forward as a rookie, the 6-foot-9 Harper is trying to learn the small-forward spot, too.
Harper has emerged as one of the team’s most diligent workers in the weight room. When the Magic acquired him via a trade in the 2011 draft, he weighed 225 pounds. Now he weighs 240.
“He’s done an amazing job with his body, and he’s continuing to learn,” Vaughn said. “It’s tough to learn both positions. It’s honestly tough. It’s a different mindset being an outside guy to an inside guy. But he’s done a good job.”
For Harper, one of the biggest adjustments to the small forward position is learning to move off the ball — when to cut, when not to cut — and learning where to position himself on the floor.
“In practice, I’m just trying to get as many reps in as possible,” Harper said.
“I think I’m starting to get a lot more comfortable with being able to play both [positions].”
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