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NBA Draft 2013: Tim Hardaway Jr. Rising Up Draft Boards After Stellar Combine


 

The NBA Draft is right around the corner which means prospects are getting in some extra hard work now to show off to teams finalizing their draft boards. The Draft Lottery will give us a better idea of who’s going where, but Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. isn’t concerned with where teams are picking, he just cares about where he’s being picked. The son of the NBA star of the same, elder name put in some hard work at the Draft Combine and FOX Sports’ Sam Amick says that teams are taking notice.

Right now Hardaway is trying to be among the top names in the draft but he’s not the top guard prospect available. Teammate Trey Burke is widely regarded as not only the best guard in the draft but perhaps the best prospect in the class and he’s being closely followed by Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. ESPN’s Chad Ford currently has Hardaway Jr. ranked as the 34th best player in the draft and is mocking him in the late-first/early second round.

But all it takes is a good combine to leave a positive lasting impression in the minds of NBA front offices with notoriously short memories. It’s easier to count the number of players who were in some way drafted thanks to highlight reels on YouTube and other viral sites that showcase the good and not the bad.

Hardaway is doing his best to shine the honest way and so far it seems to be working. 

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