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Dwyane Wade must know something different about Tim Hardaway Jr.’s game because he’s raving about his level of play.
With Carmelo Anthony rumored to be on his way out of New York, a new scoring machine is headed back to the Big Apple with the team that drafted him back in 2013.
After signing a four-year, $71 million deal to leave the Hawks and return to the Knicks, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s signing was initially a head scratcher, but Wade sees a lot of improvement from the young shooting guard.
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Hardaway’s acquisition provides the Knicks with another scorer to pair up with Kristaps Porzinigis. With Anthony on the trading block, Hardaway could potentially become the Knicks’ primary perimeter scoring option, and Wade is the perfect choice to mentor the 25-year-old.
In his first two seasons with the Knicks, he averaged 10.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Last year, Hardaway had a career year, averaging 14.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. His numbers allowed him to take on a larger role with Atlanta, getting slotted in the starting two-guard spot with his prolific scoring and solid defense.
As Hardaway looks to build on his career season, he faces the pressure once more with new lucrative contract the Knicks gave him. With Wade’s mentorship, Hardaway should give the team an optimistic view that he will be back with a more effective game next season.
The New York Knicks are placing a huge measure of faith on Hardaway and Porzingis, but with both keeping themselves busy this offseason training with future Hall of Famers, it certainly gives Knicks fans excitement for their young stars.