If you wondered why Moe Harkless didn't attempt a three-point shot in the Portland Trail Blazers' regular-season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans, here's the deal. In fact, the fifth-year pro didn't shoot any 3-pointers in his final four games after jacking up a career-high 194 to that point.
Harkless finished the Pelicans game shooting 5 of 6 from the field for 11 points, all inside the line, of course.
Harkless is sitting at 35.1 percent, meaning even one missed three could ultimately cost him half a million dollars. Would you have done what he did or would you have hoisted some three-pointers?
As Bobby Marks of The Vertical pointed out on Wednesday ahead of the Blazers' last game, Harkless would receive a $500,000 bonus if he finished the season shooting above 35 percent from 3-point range. The regular season is over now. And we don't blame him in the least. The miss against Utah dropped his 3PT percentage to 35.1-35.051, to be exact-a single miss away from falling to 34.8 percent.
For this reason, Moe Harkless is the clear choice for the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.