Tim Hardaway Jr. was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team (Knicks PR, May 22).
Hardaway finished fifth in RoY voting, right behind the Nets’ Mason Plumlee. The 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams won the honor.
Hardaway averaged 10.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game during his rookie campaign in 2013-14.
Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterSuch an honor is an obviously well deserved one for Hardaway Jr., who proved to be a rare bright spot for the Knicks this past season.
As a rookie, the 22-year-old displayed an early ability to score in bunches off the bench. Though his effort on the defensive end was suspect throughout, his offensive prowess provided New York with a much needed boost at various points this year.
As J.R. Smith struggled to find his rhythm in the early months, Hardaway Jr. continued to make an impact worth noting. He stepped up in an attempt to help fill the void, and as others failed to fill in accordingly, his team depended on him. He’s certainly not shy about shooting the basketball.
A young gun with plenty of promise, the guard was one of five Knicks to average double-figures (10.2) and led the team in games played with 81.
Even as a first year player, Hardaway Jr. proved to be reliable in many aspects, and appears dedicated to putting in the work necessary to further improve some of the gaps in his game. The Knicks’ struggles undoubtedly made his positive contributions all the more appreciated over the course of the year. It’ll be interesting to watch him continue to grow and potentially be relied upon in the Phil Jackson era.