Oct 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Will Tim Hardaway Jr. become odd man out of Knicks rotation?

It’s only been two games, but New York Knicks rookie guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been impressive to start the season.

The Michigan product has averaged 7.5 points in 21 minutes per game throughout his first two NBA games while shooting 40 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from behind the arc.

Oct 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) looks to pass the ball in the second half of a game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.Toronto won the game in overtime123-120. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

But despite the strong early showing, the rookie guard could find himself the odd man out Mike Woodson‘s rotation as early as next week.

J.R. Smith is scheduled to make his season debut Nov. 10 against the San Antonio Spurs, which means that someone has to sit. That guy could likely be Hardaway Jr.

Too much talent is a good problem to have, but with the way Woodson seems to flip a coin with who he uses not only on a  night to night basis, but on a quarter to quarter basis, you just hope that Hardaway doesn’t get buried on the bench.

“It is a log jam,” Woodson told Adam Zagoria. “That’s a good problem to have. But again, somebody’s not going to be able to play a lot of minutes. So they’ve just got to understand that.”

Unfortunately for Hardaway, he would be the logical choice to sit.

Woodson will likely go with Smith and Iman Shumpert at the 2 and if he decides to go small then Pablo Prigioni will slide into the spot.

If that happens, there won’t be many minutes available for Hardaway.

It’s often tough as a rookie in the NBA, so Hardaway will experience some of the ups and downs of being a professional basketball player.

His minutes will likely be cut in a big way, but hopefully he won’t be forgotten.

There will still be rare opportunities for Hardaway to produce. Hopefully when he gets those opportunities in the future he steps up and makes Woodson’s decision a very difficult one in the future.

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