Maurice Harkless

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Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless, Washington at Orlando 085.jpg
Harkless playing for the Orlando Magic in 2012
No. 4 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993 (age 23)
New York City, New York
Nationality American / Puerto Rican
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Forest Hills
(New York City, New York)
South Kent School
(South Kent, Connecticut)
College St. John's (2011–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
20122015 Orlando Magic
2015–present Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Maurice José Harkless (born May 11, 1993) is an American-Puerto Rican professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the St. John's Red Storm before being drafted 15th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Internationally, Harkless represents and plays for the Puerto Rican national team.

High school career[edit]

Harkless playing with the St. John's Red Storm.

In his sophomore and junior seasons at Forest Hills High School, Harkless earned all-metro honors from both the New York Daily News and New York Post. In his junior season at Forest Hills, he was also named the New York Daily News Queens High School Player of the Year after averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He played at South Kent High School his senior year and averaged 27.2 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at St. John's, Harkless led the Red Storm to a 13-19 record as he won the Big East Rookie of the Year award after averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, which put him sixth and second, respectively, among freshmen nationally.[2][3] In March 2012, Harkless declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[2]

College statistics[edit]

2011–12 St. John's 32 32 36.1 .452 .215 .676 8.6 1.5 1.6 1.4 15.5

Professional career[edit]

Orlando Magic (2012–2015)[edit]

On June 28, 2012, Harkless was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. On August 10, 2012, he was traded to the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and brought Andrew Bynum to the 76ers.[4] Harkless impressed in his first NBA season as he averaged 8.2 points per game and provided good defense.[5] He ranked top 11 among all NBA rookies in scoring (11th), rebounding (9th), field goal percentage (8th, .461), steals (2nd), blocked shots (8th) and minutes played (T-7th). In 76 games (59 starts), he also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.0 minutes per game.

Harkless began his sophomore season starting alongside Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson. However, when Victor Oladipo was inserted into the starting lineup, coach Jacque Vaughn opted to play combinations of Nelson, Oladipo, Afflalo and Harris on the wing. As a result of the backlogged situation, Harkless' minutes decreased from 26 as a rookie to 21 per game during January 2014.[5] He went on to pick up his minutes and production in February when he was inserted back into the starting line-up. He remained in the starting line-up for the rest of the season and finished with averages of 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.[6]

Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present)[edit]

On July 14, 2015, Harkless was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a 2020 second round draft pick.[7] He made his debut for the Trail Blazers in the team's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 28, recording 8 points and 4 rebounds in a 112–94 win.[8] On February 10, 2016, he set then season highs with 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 116–103 win over the Houston Rockets.[9] On April 5, he recorded a season-high 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 115–107 win over the Sacramento Kings.[10]

On July 27, 2016, Harkless re-signed with the Trail Blazers.[11]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Orlando 76 59 26.0 .461 .274 .570 4.4 0.7 1.2 0.8 8.2
2013–14 Orlando 80 41 24.4 .464 .383 .594 3.3 1.0 1.2 0.6 7.4
2014–15 Orlando 45 4 15.0 .399 .179 .537 2.4 .6 .7 .2 3.5
2015–16 Portland 78 14 18.7 .474 .279 .622 2.3 .9 .6 .4 6.4
Career 279 118 21.7 .459 .300 .589 3.5 0.8 1.0 0.6 6.7

International career[edit]

On January 29, 2014, Harkless declared his interest in playing for Puerto Rico at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup following a series of reunions with coach Paco Olmos.[12] However, he later withdrew his name from contention in July 2014 in favor of preparing for the 2014–15 NBA season.[13]

Personal life[edit]

While his father is African-American, Harkless' maternal grandfather hails from Puerto Rico.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Moe Harkless Bio". Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Moe Harkless leaving for NBA draft". March 20, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Moe Harkless to consider NBA draft
  4. ^ "It's official: Howard dealt to Lakers in four-team trade". August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Should Maurice Harkless Still Be a Part of Orlando Magic's Future?
  6. ^ Maurice Harkless 2013-14 Game Log
  7. ^ "Trail Blazers Acquire Maurice Harkless from Orlando". July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "McCollum scores 37 as Blazers down Pelicans 112-94". October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lillard scores 31 as surging Blazers beat Rockets 116-103". February 10, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ "McCollum has 30 as Trail Blazers beat Kings 115-107". April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS RE-SIGN FORWARD MAURICE HARKLESS". July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "MOE HARKLESS JOINING THE PUERTO RICAN NATIONAL TEAM". January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ Maurice Harkless won't play for Puerto Rico's national team this summer
  14. ^ Is Puerto Rico beatable?
  15. ^ "Maurice Harkless won't play for Puerto Rico's national team this summer". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

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