Busy summer for Tim Hardaway Jr. continues

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

If as though simply preparing to make the transition from rookie to sophomore in the NBA wasn’t enough for a youngster to deal with, Tim Hardaway Jr. will also play for a new head coach (Derek Fisher) in year two with the Knicks, under new management.

As arguably New York’s most prized and promising young possession, Hardaway Jr. has surely seen his name thrown around in a handful of trade rumors this offseason as the team aims to improve.

Tim Hardaway Jr.More often than not, a squad needs to give up talent to get it back in an alternative form. Despite this, the guard stands to be a part of the Knicks’ future, so in the meantime, he’s continued to improve his overall game along the way.

At NBA Summer League earlier this month, Hardaway Jr. was given an opportunity and was expected to dominate the competition. Luckily for he and the Knicks, that’s exactly what he did. Further proving his natural given gift to score in bunches, the Michigan product stole the show from the get-go, leading the Knicks to a 4-1 record on the week while averaging 22.8 points. Such a number cemented Hardaway Jr.’s place as the second-leading scorer out of all in Las Vegas.

Hardaway Jr. came up in the clutch. There’s no doubt about that. But fresh off stepping up as a staring attraction, it’s now time in the offseason for the spark-plug to take a step back once again. By joining the USA Select Team in Las Vegas this week, he now has an opportunity to learn from some of the game’s best coaches, while competing and playing alongside some of the game’s best players.

He’s been documenting his experience in a diary over at the New York Post. Coach Fisher was been on sight monitoring his progress as well.

It’s certainly been a busy summer for Hardaway Jr., who in between all of his on-the-court action has hosted various camps on Long Island. Nevertheless, the Knicks are sure to reap the benefits of his latest efforts this coming season.




1049 comments
ghost
ghost

What do people think THJr's max ceiling? I think if everything falls perfect, he could be a solid starter averaging 18ppg and perhaps making an All Star game or two.

KnowLedge
KnowLedge

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Iobcity1
Iobcity1

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Iobcity1
Iobcity1

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rgm891
rgm891

Scarface or Goodfellas

rgm891
rgm891

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BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

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C0P0
C0P0

@ghost  We know he doesn't have much of a scoring problem. With his speed, athleticism and shooting range, he could easily put up 20+ppg in a _'antoni SSOL system. Moreover, Timmy has already shown the ability to avg 20+, albeit SL, in this new system. 


What I really think needs to "fall perfectly" or something in that vicinity, 

is the pace at which the team learns the Triangle.  

The  Knick Rooks and Co. had an impressive 4-1 outing at SL with the triangle basics. All roughly learned within 2 weeks. I'm told it takes around 2 years to master the idiosyncrasies and nuances of it.


Like Shumpert becoming a better offensive player, Timmy needs to become a better defender. Especially, if he ever wants to go from good to great basketball player in the NBA.


However, it's a deficiency that I'd say at least 50% of players coming into the NBA have. Some blame the AAU. Others blame the NBA itself. They say the rules have made offense the premium and the way it's promoted and offciated. Whatever the reason, just know Timmy's no anomaly.


IMO, the kid is a star on the rise. Little, barring injury, is going to stop his ascension under the wings of Fisher and Phil. He's young. hungry, talented and malleable. Did I forget to mention his NBA pedigree? 


Arguably, one of the Knicks next prized assets after Anthony, the 22yr old, All-Rookie First Team, ROTY Candidate, USA Team Select, sophomore has a pretty high ceiling and all-round bright future in the NBA. Oh, and as a Knick of course!

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@ghost Ceiling? Very high with his expectations to improve after a rookie season which saw him average over 12ppg.

rgm891
rgm891

@Mel Brown Biggie had such a beastly style, smooth as a babies arse & was a metaphorical genius! In rap who can match that honestly!!