Tim Hardaway Jr. Picked by New York Knicks: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

March 3, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) moves the ball against the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 24th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the New York Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. from University of Michigan. 

Here's everything you need to know about Hardaway Jr.:

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Hardaway's physical attributes:

Hardaway has prototypical size for an off-guard at 6'5'' with long arms and fluid athleticism.

He's not overly defined and could add some bulk to his frame, but he's got the explosiveness attacking the rim that allows him to finish over traffic.


Getting to Know Tim Hardaway Jr.

With basketball in his blood, Hardaway Jr. has a great feel for the game and is going to bring a smart approach to his club on and off the court. He'll be a great fit with his teammates both in the locker room and during competition.


NBA Player Comparison

Hardaway's potential to catch fire and burn opponents as a shooter and a slasher remind us of Joe Johnson.

If he struggles to create high-percentage opportunities, he could end up being a poor man's version of Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross.


Pro Predictions 

As long as he can take his outside shots in rhythm and make the occasional drive to the bucket, Hardaway Jr. will be an offensive threat and a valuable wing reserve.

He possesses the size and the skill set to succeed as a 2-guard, and his vertical leaping will aid him in transition.

He doesn't project to be a star right away, however, because he must work on his dribbling and footwork as a shot creator. If he can polish that area of his game a little more, he will earn more minutes and touches.

Don't expect him to grab headlines in the first phase of his career. But his lights-out shooting will eventually get him a starting spot and a premiere role.