With the retirement of Jason Kidd, the New York Knicks will need to shore up their backcourt this offseason. Their performance in the postseason also strongly indicated they they need someone who is capable of creating for themselves outside of J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony.
Enter Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr..
“I think it would be a great fit for me,” the University of Michigan guard said Tuesday. “I watch the Knicks all the time. It’s great just to see them get up and down the court, a lot of guys are free out there, a lot of shooters as well. That fits right into my game and what I can bring to the table.”
… “A lot of kids go their separate paths and play different sports. They don’t want that harassment or that constructive criticism because they’re not going to be their fathers,” Hardaway Jr. said. “We took on that challenge ever since we were growing up and we’re just trying to live up to the expectation.”
Both players had the opportunity to grow up around the game, to be in NBA locker rooms at a young age. And they will likely have a better understanding of what’s expected from a professional athlete because of it. This is something that could prove invaluable in a spotlight as bright as New York. Talent will obviously be king. But maturity a close second.
FanSided’s John Adair currently has Hardaway Jr. projected to land with the Brooklyn Nets at 22 and Rice Jr. to the San Antonio Spurs at 28 in his most recent mock draft. He currently has the Knicks selecting California’s Allen Crabbe 24th overall.