The Magic had five rookies in 2012-13, and they all look to have bright futures with the team. 19-year old small forward Moe Harkless was the most impressive rookie, in my opinion. He played in 76 games (59 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 26.0 minutes, 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He only had 1 double-double for the Magic last year, but he had 29 games in which he scored at least 10 points. He also had 29 games with at least five rebounds, 10 games with at least 3 steals and 5 games with at least 3 blocked shots….which shows what kind of big time potential he has. 23-year old power forward Andrew Nicholson was also solid as a rookie. He played in 75 games (28 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 16.7 minutes, 7.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He had 2 double-doubles for the Magic in 2012-13. Nicholson had 28 games with at least 10 points and 22 games with at least 5 rebounds last night, which is pretty impressive. 23-year old center Kyle O’Quinn played in 57 games (5 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 11.2 minutes, 4.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. O’Quinn had 2 double-doubles for the Magic last year. O’Quinn had 7 games with 10 or more points and 17 games with at least five rebounds, which is very impressive given his limited minutes in 2012-13. 22-year old small forward DeQuan Jones also played well off the bench for the Magic last year. He played in 63 games (17 starts) for the Magic last year and he averaged 12.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He scored at least 10 points in a game four times last year. 21-year old shooting guard Doron Lamb played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Magic last year after coming over in the J.J. Redick deal with the Bucks and he averaged 12.4 minutes, 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Lamb played in 47 games (0 starts) overall last year for the Bucks and Magic in which he is averaging 12.3 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.7 assists per game. Nicholson, Harkless, O’Quinn, Jones and Lamb are the first wave of the rebuilding of the Magic in the post-Dwight Howard era and they have a lot of potential.
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