Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
On Thursday, the NBA released their All-Rookie teams. For the third time in four seasons, the New York Knicks had a player named to them. This time it was Tim Hardaway Jr., who follows Landry Fields in 2011 and Iman Shumpert in 2012. He was one of the sole bright spots in a poor season for the Knicks.
Hardaway Jr. had a solid rookie campaign for the Knicks, averaging 10.2 points per game as he provided surprising production off the bench. He scored in double-figures 40 times, even though he started only one of the 81 games he appeared in all season. He also shot the ball surprisingly well from the perimeter, knocking down three-pointers at a 36.3 percent clip. Coming out of Michigan, Hardaway Jr. was seen as sort of a streaky shooter, but he provided the Knicks with consistent contributions once he was given consistent playing time. He also shot 42.8 percent overall from the field, and 82.8 from the foul line. He was fourth amongst rookies in scoring and three-point percentage, and finished second in foul shot percentage.