Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hardaway Jr. named to All-Rookie first team
By Ian Begley
Tim Hardaway Jr. has been named to the NBA’s All-Rookie first team. He averaged 10.2 ppg and shot .363 from distance and posted double-digit scoring games 40 times even though he came off the bench in all but one of 81 game appearences.
Several teams tried to procure Hardaway Jr. from the Knicks during the trade deadline, but he was deemed untouchable by the team’s front office. So it’s fair to assume he has a secure, bright future with the team. He is one of the Knicks who impressed Phil Jackson while Jackson was studying the team and mulling over the job as team president, according to a source.
Hardaway Jr. was a steal for the Knicks in the 2013 NBA Draft. New York drafted him with the 24th pick. He is just the 10th rookie selected 24th or later to make the NBA All Rookie first team in the last 20 years, according to the Knicks.
Tim Hardaway Sr. and Tim Hardaway Jr. are the second father/son combination to be named to the All Rookie first team. The other? Mychal Thompson and Klay Thomson.
Hardaway Jr. is the third Knick in the last four seasons to be named to the All Rookie team. The others were Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert.
Competition for Murry? Knicks guard Tour'e Murry may have generated interest from other teams with his strong play late in the season. The Brooklyn Nets are a fan of Murry's and may have interest in him this summer in free agency, per a source with knowledge of the team's thinking.