TKB Prospect Watch: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tommy Dee

Hardaway is an interesting prospect and an absolute, hands-down first round talent. He’s athletic, can play both backcourt positions and is adept at getting into seems and making plays. He’s also, like his father who hit big shots against the Knicks my entire 20s basically, isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. That sort of confidence is what I love about this kid as well as his catch and make skills. Trey Burke was the star down the stretch in the tournament and that sort of pushed Hardaway to the side, but he had plenty of moments this year that makes me think he has special scoring ability.

My biggest concern is his defensive abilities to guard any position let alone 2 or 3. I do like his rebounding ability and how many times he took the initiative to go get the ball so he could trigger the offense. There’s no question Hardaway would be a very solid fit if he’s there at 24 going forward, but I don’t know he has the NBA-ready defensive skills to fit right into Mike Woodson’s  rotation next season.