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Tim Hardaway Jr. Was Steal Of 2013 NBA Draft For New York Knicks

Hardaway Jr.

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I will never forget how good Tim Hardaway was during the mid-1990s through the early 2000s playing point guard for the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, some of Hardaway’s greatest performances came during playoff battles against the New York Knicks, but the Knicks now have Tim Hardaway Jr. who is playing lights out basketball.

As the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, not much was expected from Hardaway Jr., but he has developed into one of the best rookie prospects in the league. The Knicks just received a monster performance from their rookie shooting guard in a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers which should mean another player on the Knicks’ roster is now expendable.

The Knicks have too many shooting guards on their roster right now with Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, and the team should attempt to broker a deal as soon as possible. Rookies all hit the wall both physically and mentally during the season, but Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 29 points Thursday night which is a sign for that his future is extremely bright.

I truly believe that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree in this situation, and Hardaway Jr. is going to be an All-Star someday very soon. The Knicks haven’t been known as a team that makes extremely savvy personnel decisions, but the younger Hardaway’s play on the court may actually present a compelling reason for Carmelo Anthony to remain in New York.

Just think, Hardaway Jr. was selected behind players like Anthony Bennett of the Cavaliers and Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves which now looks like sufficient grounds for about 80 percent of the league’s general managers being fired. Rest assured that roughly 20 NBA teams are kicking themselves in their own rear ends for passing on Hardaway Jr. after watching what he did last night.

Damein Fitzgerald is a New York Knicks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dame8585 or add him to your network on Google.