After scoring a game-high 28 points in a 123-110 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, Tim Hardaway Jr. ended his recent shooting slump. The New York Knicks’ rookie guard notched in his sixth game of scoring 20 points or more during his first season in the league.
Hardaway Jr. does not have the outstanding dribbling skills as his father Tim Hardaway, a five-time NBA All-Star during his time with the Golden State Warriors and later with the Miami Heat, but his father’s knack for shooting has rubbed off on him. The first-year player from Michigan ranks in the top five amongst rookies in points, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.
From the start of the season, Hardaway Jr. became an instant fan favorite for his enthusiasm during the game as well as his clutch shooting. With the exception of Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, most of the Knicks’ players are overvalued based on their salary for the season and their current performance.
However, Hardaway Jr. is undervalued for his role with the team, and is the main reason why he had been mentioned in trade discussions involving New York this year. His age, raw talent, contract and potential are qualities NBA scouts desire.
It will be interesting to see how the Knicks’ front office will deal with trade discussions in the upcoming offseason. Tim Hardaway Jr.’s name will certainly be mentioned. It would be a shame if the Knicks plan on trading the young sensation, but the Knicks value keeping Anthony greater than Hardaway Jr.; and if they find a star that Anthony wants, the team will try to chase for it.