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.
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.
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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