There’s a lot to Like About Hardaway

Tommy Dee

I was all for Tim Hardaway Jr. being a Knick when NBAdraft.net had him to NY in their mid season mock. Here’s what I like: He’s a solid catch-and-shoot player who is very athletic in transition and on the perimeter. He learned the value of perimeter shooting from one of the great college minds in John Beilein and he obviously has an NBA pedigree.

I thought about Tony Mitchell or Reggie Bullock, who went a pick later, but when the word came that Hardaway was the pick it didn’t move me either way. That’s my sign that it’s a good pick. The kid played in a pro system in a really, really good conference and played at a pretty high level all year long. His body and game are built for the NBA. Again, he can make shots from the perimeter and has a big game acumen.

I’m not looking forward to seeing his father back at MSG. Truth be told, Tim Sr. was easily one of the least likable players in the NBA for a long time. But that is meaningless at this point. The Knicks got what they deem to be a rotation player and someone who they felt was the best player on the board at 24.

I look forward to seeing him in Vegas.