Barnewall explains that Harkless is benefiting in Portland from fixed rotations, allowing him familiarity with his teammates on the court compared to the erratic substitutions favored in his previous stop in Orlando.
Now, in a new situation, Harkless has found the consistency he needed. He can play his game without the fear of making a mistake not playing again tomorrow. The same players that he was on the floor with last night will be on the floor with him the next night, because the rotations don’t change every other game.
This is allowing Harkless to put up strong offensive and defensive numbers this season.
Harkless is averaging 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game for the Blazers. He recorded a double-double versus Utah on Wednesday, scoring 15 points, snaring 10 rebounds, and recording 3 blocks. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Magic, but efficiency eluded him in wildly fluctuating court time.
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