New York Knicks: Reasons to love the Tim Hardaway Jr. signing

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks looks to pass while being defended by Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks looks to pass while being defended by Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 22: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots over Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards during the first quarter in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 22: Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots over Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards during the first quarter in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /

2. 3-Point Shooting

$17.75 million per season would be a hefty average base salary to pay to a 3-point shooter who offers little else. Yet, for the New York Knicks, merely knowing that Tim Hardaway Jr. can knock down the outside shot is a plus.

Hardaway is more of an unpolished all-around scorer than a pure shooter, but he has the ability to convert with efficiency from beyond the arc—a rare strength in New York.

The Knicks finished the 2016-17 regular reason at No. 24 in 3-point field goals made and No. 21 in 3-point field goal percentage. Hardaway, meanwhile, has converted at least 100 3-point field goals in three of his four NBA seasons

Although not especially efficient, his career 3-point field goal percentage of .352 is solid enough for teams to take him seriously.

This past season, Hardaway converted an average of 1.9 3-point field goals made per game—good for 149 total in 79 appearances. He boasts a career average of 2.5 3-point field goals made per 36 minutes, thus displaying his ability and willingness to knock down the outside shot.

Hardaway Jr. shot 36.7 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-point field goals and 33.3 percent on pull-up 3-point field goals, thus displaying raw ability that an all-time shooter like Hornacek can help cultivate.