NBA Draft pick #24 - New York Knicks

Knicks select Tim Hardaway Jr. at No. 24

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The New York Knicks have taken Tim Hardaway Jr. out of Michigan with the 24th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) dunks against Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) during the second half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsHardaway joins a team that was seen as the biggest threat to Miami but lost to Indiana in the second round before getting a chance to play the Heat.  During the regular season, New York went 54-28 and won the Atlantic division.

Despite the productive regular season, the Knicks weaknesses were exposed in the playoffs.  The Knicks finished last in the NBA in assists during the 2012-13 season and fell into the trap of letting their best offensive players try to carry the load by themselves.  Carmelo and J.R. are phenomenal scorers, but you're not going to win a championship when passing the ball is a chore.  

The Knicks had a need for a distributor, but at this point in the draft, it was unlikely that they would find a suitable option.  But Hardaway does have a skill that New York has shown they like--shooting.  

Hardaway can help space the floor and open things up for the Knicks ball dominant scorers.  He also has athleticism and size that his father lacked, so he can be a transition threat and a potentially tough defender as well.

The Knicks certainly have talent so Hardaway won't need to contribute right away. Their defensive progression under Mike Woodson indicates that they can evolve into a more team-oriented and unselfish group and Hardaway should be able to fit in as a capable role player.
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