Jun 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks first round pick Tim Hardaway Jr (right) and father and former NBA player Tim Hardaway pose for a photo before the start of the game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Projecting Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. Rookie Season

Tim Hardaway Jr. could be a huge asset to the New York Knicks’ second unit next season.

In Hardaway’s junior season at Michigan he averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game, while shooting a solid 37 percent from behind the arc.

June 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks first round draft pick Tim Hardaway, Jr. in attendance before the game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

He will most likely fit into the second unit alongside J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire so he will be learning the ropes from some experienced and talented players and after watching him succeed at Michigan like he did last season.

Based on his skill set, it seems that Hardaway can be as good as he wants to be.

Stuck behind Iman Shumpert and Smith at the 2-guard spot, he will have to fight for every minute he’ll play for the Knicks next season.

Hardaway has explosiveness attacking the rim, which lets him shoot over traffic. The key for Hardaway Jr. in his rookie season is that he takes outside shots, which the Knicks point guards should be able to create for him instead of him having to create on his own.

This will allow for Hardaway Jr. to learn to take better shots. Hardaway should also look to help expand the Knicks’ game by making occasional drives to the buckets to try and keep to opposition guessing.

Currently Hardaway projects to be an offensive threat and could be a great wing reserve for the Knicks this season, but if he works on his dribbling and his footwork he should be able to grab more minutes and should what he’s capable of doing properly, which is why I’m projecting his stat line to be: 15 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, while shooting 39 percent from behind the arc, and 46 percent from the field.

The key for Hardaway next season will be his shot selection.

Hardaway was infamous for his poor shot selection at Michigan and if he is able to fix that problem then the Knicks will benefit greatly but all in all the Knicks made the right decision drafting him and this decision should payoff in the long run.

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