Starter: Tim Hardaway Jr.
The New York Knicks made a surprising move in last year’s free agency when they signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year, $71 million contract. The money wasn’t as surprising, due to the rise in the salary cap cap and the demand for shooting guards.
What surprised me and many others was re-signing the player they drafted, and traded away for a first-round draft pick just two seasons later.
Nonetheless, Hardaway has made a big impact with the Knicks after taking somewhat of a gap year with the Atlanta Hawks. With an increase in maturity and offensive versatility, Hardaway became a genuine building piece for the Knicks.
He may not be a first option, as shown with the absence of Porzingis, but he’s still young and has shown steady improvements throughout his playing career.
After having a career season with the Knicks, Hardaway will start if healthy. He averaged a career-high 17.5 points per game during the 2017-18 season, and did so while battling injuries that inevitably hindered him on both ends of the floor.
There are intriguing options at the 2-spot, but this is Hardaway’s race to lose—and it’s difficult to believe he will as David Fizdale looks for offensive options.