Every year, it seems as though New Yorkers are disappointed by their teams’ selection as they boo in the crowd as David Stern announces the pick. Yet, there was a very clear change in the way Knicks fans responded to the announcement this year. Rather than angry boos, thunderous cheers were heard throughout the crowd as Stern announced that Tim Hardaway Jr. would be joining the team in New York.
With only three college basketball seasons under his belt, Hardaway Jr. is entering the NBA looking to follow along in his father’s footsteps. This past season, Hardaway Jr. was one of the major players to watch in the Big Ten along with his Michigan teammate Trey Burke.
Known for his shooting abilities, he is also a big shooting guard, standing at 6-foot-6, which is what any team would love to have on their side and hate to go up against. It should be exciting to watch him continue to score with ease this season.
While the Knicks undoubtedly had an exciting season, watching should be fun again for New York fans in the 2013-2014 season. It seems as though the Knickerbockers have become a team that relies on the three, with Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring this year along with Steve Novak. Hardaway will definitely add to that aspect of the floor as his shooting abilities in his college career were impressive.
Also, with the rumors that J.R. Smith may be leaving the team, it will be interesting to see just how much the Knicks rely on Hardaway in this upcoming season.