Magic fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about Maurice Harkless. After the All-Star break in his rookie year, his minutes jumped from 20 per game to nearly 36 and he responded by posting 13 points, five boards, 1.5 steals, and a block as a 19-year-old rookie. He had his limitations, however. His shaky ballhandling limited his playmaking ability and his unreliable jump shot hindered his overall effectiveness. Through the 2013/14 season's first ten games it's clear that his jump shot is much more consistent and he's much more comfortable shooting from behind the arc. He hit 8-of-15 threes through the first eight games before missing all five attempts in his next two; as a rookie, Harkless connected on just 27.4 percent of his three-point attempts. Through the first 10 games of 2013/14, Harkless has hit two three-pointers in four different games. He hit two or more threes in just seven games in 76 appearances as a rookie. To understand how his shot has improved, we must first see what was wrong with it in the first place. A broken J In this video, you can see first-hand the inconsistencies in Harkless' jumper in college. His release point is inconsistent -- often way too high -- and the ball, in turn, would blast flatly out of his hands toward the rim. Sometimes he follows through, letting the ball float off his fingertips, and other times it looks he's flinging the ball blindly at the rim.
Maurice Harkless' improved jump shot
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