Harkless, whom the Magic acquired in the Dwight Howard trade last August, missed his first summer league, training camp and the start to last season because of a sports hernia suffered during pre-draft workouts in the spring of 2012. He made his NBA debut 12 games into the season and a week later he wowed Magic fans by blocking three of Anthony’s shots in a game.
But his newness to the NBA game quickly began to show and Harkless struggled to find his place in the Magic’s offense. After a stretch of being briefly pulled out of the rotation, Harkless was reinserted into the starting lineup and his game began to blossom. He boosted his scoring average each of the final three months of the season and he closed the year by averaging 14.3 points over the final 18 games – 15 of which he scored in double digits.