Tim Hardaway Jr. is playing more and more like his father every game, but make no mistake about it, the junior shooting guard is beginning to separate himself from the family legacy and make his own imprint on the basketball world.
The only knock on Hardaway's game right now is that he has a tendency to fall in love with the three-point shot and fails to take opposing players to the basket or even pull up from the elbows (which is where the 6'6", 205-pounder is at his best).
From inside the arc this season, Hardaway is shooting 75 percent and has knocked down 24-of-32 shots.
Hardaway can get hot from behind the three-point line as seen in games against Slippery Rock (5-for-5) and the Cleveland State Vikings (3-for-6), although he has a higher tendency to go 1-for-7, like he did against the Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Miami product scored 23 points in the championship game against the Kansas State Wildcats, and did it by knocking down just one three-pointer on three attempts.
Hardaway, who was named the Preseason NIT Tip-Off's MVP, needs to avoid jacking up too many bad threes, as he did a year ago, and pull up from mid-range where he is much deadlier as a shooter.