Actually, Moe Harkless Is The MVP

Doyle BarkerApr 16, 2017

Harkless had a bonus for this season worth $500,000 which the Blazers forward would trigger if he shot 35 percent or higher from behind the three-point line. Would you have done what he did or would you have hoisted some three-pointers?

Lest we think this is a coincidence, Harkless was asked before Wednesday's game if he'd consider taking a three considering his contract situation. He came into Wednesday's game shooting 35.1 percent (68 of 194) on the season. It was his final three-point attempt of the night; he finished three-for-five from outside the arc.

And before tip-off against the New Orleans Pelicans, Harkless' percentage sat at exactly 35.1. The box score for the Blazers' 103-100 loss to the Pelicans shows Harkless took six shots. Harkless did not shoot a single three-pointer in the final three games of the regular season to preserve his percentage.

Harkless, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Blazers over the summer, was a 30 percent 3-point shooter in his first four seasons, making just 27.9 percent with Portland last season. Moe Harkless is the exception to that rule.

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