Orlando’s Maurice Harkless with an early favorite for dunk of the night (GIF)

Oct 18, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Tony Gaffney (24) dribbles the ball past Orlando Magic small forward Maurice Harkless (21) during the second half at Amway Center. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Orlando Magic 97-91. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

During the first quarter of the Orlando Magic’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Magic swingman Maurice Harkless made a beautiful spin move on Bucks’ forward Khris Middleton and threw down a thunderous dunk.


Harkless, who is in second season out of St. John’s, was originally selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Magic, who were thought to covet Harkless during the draft process, eventually acquired him when they traded center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal. The Magic also sent point guard Chris Duhon and forward Earl Clark to the Lakers. Shooting guard Jason Richardson was sent to the 76ers along with center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. The Magic also received guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington from the Denver Nuggets, along with draft picks.

Harkless, now Orlando’s starting small forward, is averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 27.0 minutes per game for the Magic, who are 3-5 on the season.

The Bucks currently lead the Magic 32-17.


Topics: Maurice Harkless, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic

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