Although Steve Kerr hasn’t accepted the New York Knicks’ head coaching job, he may already have a favorite player.
Kerr voted New York Knicks’ guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. as Rookie of the Year.
Marc Berman of The New York Post has the scoop.
Hardaway, selected 24th and considered one of the Knicks’ untouchables, also received two second-place votes and 12 third-place votes but finished behind Plumlee in the voting. Plumlee notched 58 points — including two first-place votes — topping Hardaway (23 points). As expected, 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year honors and the Magic’s Victor Oladipo finished second. Kerr had Oladipo second and Carter-Williams third on his ballot.
“I base all my votes in every category on players impacting games that matter,” Kerr told The Post. “Carter-Williams and Oladipo played well, but for teams that were way out of the playoff race all year. Hardaway played important minutes for a team that went down to the wire in the playoff race. ROY and All-Rookie teams were the most difficult votes for me this year due to so few rookies impacting winning teams.”
Hardaway averaged 10.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game this season.