Tim Hardaway Jr. selected No. 24 by Knicks in NBA draft

Friday June 28th, 2013

(Andrew Hancock/SI)Tim Hardaway Jr. averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds at Michigan last season. (Andrew Hancock/SI)

The Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Hardaway and how he fits with New York:

Bio: Michigan | Junior | Shooting Guard

Vitals: 6-6, 185 pounds

2012-13 Statistics: 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 42.9 percent shooting in 37 games.

Strengths: The Wolverines' second-leading scorer last season, Hardaway has the skills you want from an NBA 2-guard. He can stretch the floor with his shot, he's a solid decision-maker and he's a hard worker who takes pride in both his offense and defense. The son of a former All-Star, Hardaway should have no problem making the jump from college to the pros.

Weaknesses: Hardaway has solid size for a shooting guard but will have to add weight to compete night-in, night-out at the next level. Consistency was an issue for Hardaway at Michigan, especially when it came to his jumper. He'll have to iron that out if he hopes to earn a solid rotation spot.

What Scouts Say: "He has shown improvement because he's an extremely hard worker. Defensively he's just average. He's a better athlete than Bullock. If I'm picking late teens or early 20s and he's available, I would take him. His problem is the position he plays at the next level is really hard."

Team Fit: J.R. Smith
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