During the summer, Hardaway Jr. has been working hard in Miami on a few things he feels needs polishing in anticipation for the upcoming season.
“What I need to improve on is getting to the basket, my ball handling skills, and defense, Hardaway Jr. said on Talkinhoopz.com. “I’m just trying to focus on those three aspects.”
The Knicks rookie showed flashes of athleticism with a few highlight dunks, one of which was an ally-oop thrown by Iman Shumpert from half court. Hardaway Jr. also showed he can knock down shots and drain the three, something the Knicks seemed to forget how to do during their playoff series with the Pacers last season.
It won’t be an easy adjustment for Hardaway, who was drafted out of Michigan with the 24th overall pick. There’s going to be adjustments for any college player going pro, and Hardaway Jr. knows just what tweaks need to be made.
“The biggest key is the defensive three seconds, in college you can camp out in there as long as you want, at the next level you can’t, so I’m just trying to focus on that.”
While there’ll be some bumps along the way, there’s no doubt the Knicks got an absolute steal with their selection. Hardaway is a smart player who is working very hard in Miami with his trainer and father, Tim Hardaway Sr.
The Knicks have drafted well over the past few years, selecting Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Jordan Hill, so they certainly have an eye for talent. If Hardaway Jr. can contribute to this team his first year in the league, New York will have added yet another piece to their championship quest.