When the Knicks drafted Hardaway with the 24th overall pick last June, some saw him as a player the organization could develop behind Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.
But Hardaway Jr.'s play has dictated otherwise. He's quickly become a regular in Woodson's rotation. And you can make an argument that he deserves an increase in minutes because of the struggles of Smith and Shumpert.
Do you see an increase in Tim Hardaway Jr.'s minutes?
Hardaway Jr. is second on the team in scoring per 36 minutes with 16.7 points. That's 3.7 points higher than Smith and more than double Shumpert's per-36 minute scoring average (8.2).
Hardaway Jr. also has the best shooting percentage among Knicks guards. His shooting percentage (47.9 percent) is behind only Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin on the team's leaderboard. Furthermore, Hardaway has the lowest turnover percentage on the team (a stat that measures a player's turnovers per 100 plays).
The rookie's big hangup right now is on defense. Defense can be difficult to quantify statistically because one player's results are dependent on his teammates. But Hardaway Jr. has the worst defensive rating (an estimate measure of points allowed per 100 possessions) on the Knicks.
So the former Michigan star's defense is one factor to consider when thinking about a potential increase in minutes. He's currently playing 17.9 per game.
Also, it's worth pointing out that more minutes for Hardaway Jr. doesn't necessary mean fewer minutes for Shumpert and Smith. Both players can share the floor with Hardaway at times. And they bring things to the game that Hardaway Jr. is still working to develop (Smith's ability to create his own shot and Shumpert's defense).
But given the way Hardaway Jr.'s played thus far, you have to wonder if Woodson and the Knicks would benefit by increasing his playing time.
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