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Father Like Son? Tim Hardaway Jr.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Rescue!

When franchises look to construct a championship roster, they make sure to have a resilient coaching staff, strong starting line-up, and a firm supporting cast with a wild card for a sixth-man. The importance of a sixth man is often taken lightly. Two words to consider: Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is often overshadowed by other NBA guards. Hardaway Jr. was drafted in 2013, by the New York Knicks. Scouts, general managers, and coaches were captivated by his athleticism, speed, and ability to push the tempo.

Reconstruction in the Big Apple!

It’s ironic that Hardaway Jr. was drafted by the Knicks despite having J.R Smith on the roster. Smith would eventually be traded to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Before being traded during the 2014-2015 season, Smith averaged 25.4 points between his last two seasons in the big apple.

In comparison to Smith, Hardaway Jr. son of Tim Hardaway, averaged 10.4 points his rookie season. Before the beginning of the 2014-2015 season the Knicks signed former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

From the beginning it was clear that Jackson had plans to create cap space. The former Lakers coach made it clear that change was coming. The former Michigan Wolverine averaged 24 minutes of playing time in the 2014-2015 NBA season, which was one minute more than the previous season.

Perfecting the Triangle!

The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 11.5 points and 1.8 assists, while shooting less than 40% percent from the field. Keep in mind the Knicks lacked a sense of direction from their president of operations, general manager, and head coach.

In addition to the lack of leadership, the roster lacked depth, talent and chemistry. Although the Knicks still have their star forward Carmelo Anthony, the team lacks leadership. No disregard to Anthony, but it is hard for younger players to develop when they don’t touch the ball.

After the 2014-2015 season the Knicks traded Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks, who were at one point a potential championship contender. The Hawks roster was filled with sharp shooters, finesse big men, and floor generals.

All is well in Atlanta!

During the first season in Atlanta, Hardaway Jr. played 51 games, averaged, 6.4 points, 16.9 minutes, 1.0 assists. One thing is clear after evaluating the first season you may think what happened to quick shooting guard out of Michigan. The reality is that the Atlanta guard needed to adjust to his new home.

This season the former Knicks guard increased his minutes, scoring, field goal percentage and assist. Currently the Miami Florida native is averaging 26.6 minutes, 14.3 points and 2.2 assist.

In addition to increasing his scoring average, assists and minutes Hardaway Jr. will be a free agent in the next couple of years.

If you need a sixth man it might behoove you to consider Hardaway Jr.

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