The New York Knicks could have gone multiple different directions with their first round selection in Thursday’s 2013 NBA Draft, but when it was their turn on the clock with the No. 24 overall pick, they got their man.
And that man turned out to be Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
Knicks fans should know the name very well as his father Tim Hardaway had killed the Knicks for years as a member of the Miami Heat.
In the younger Hardaway, the Knicks get primarily a catch and shoot guy who will help on the perimeter, but doesn’t necessarily solve any of the Knicks problems right now.
If you are looking for an NBA comparison for Hardaway, I would compare him to San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green.
When Hardaway is going well he can fill it up with a lot of success, but he’s not going to give the Knicks much in terms of going to the basket.
He will get after it a little bit on the defensive end of the floor, but he’s not a great defender by any stretch of the imagination.
Basically Hardaway’s a shooter and while the Knicks could always use some additional shooting, there may have been some other more pressing needs that included a legitimate small forward, a young point guard, or a big man.
Hardaway Jr. fill none of those needs.
But that’s not to suggest he won’t help the Knicks. He’s a guy who can step into the rotation immediately and offer up some impact as a rookie.
He’s also a guy who will look pretty nice as the Knicks 2-guard of the future.
Hardaway also offers up some insurance in the case that J.R. Smith is not brought back. If that is the case, Hardaway could step right into an immediate role on what should be a contending team.
The Knicks needed a guy who could step in and help out immediately and they ended up getting one in Hardaway.