Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) works between Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) and forward James Southerland (43) in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Hardaway Jr.: NBA Draft Profile

  • School: Michigan
  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 199 lbs
  • Wingspan: 6’7”

 

Strengths

The most intriguing thing about Hardaway, according to scouts, is his physical abilities. His frame is ready for the NBA right away, and he is a solid, fluid athlete. Transition is where Hardaway flourishes, thanks to his combination of size, strength, and athleticism. As a junior, he averaged 1.37 points per possession in the open floor. He is able to get to fill the lane in transition or make plays with the ball, along with get to the rim on straight drives in half court sets.

Hardaway, while not the most consistent shooter, has great mechanics. The elevation is there, he has a quick release, and he is able to catch and shoot or pull up off the dribble. He increased his percentage his shooting percentage in catch-and-shoot situations from 29% to 40% from his sophomore to junior season.

Most importantly, Tim Hardaway Jr. has proven to be reliable and durable. He started all 107 games in his three seasons at Michigan, and played in numerous big games, including their trip to the title game this past season before falling to Louisville.

 

Weaknesses

At times, Hardaway struggled to create his own offense. His shot selection is skeptical at times, settling for contested jump shots early in the shot clock far too often. Though a fluid athlete, Hardaway lacks elite explosiveness. The fact that he is not overly explosive or agile limits him to just be average in isolation and pick-and-roll situations.

The tools are there for Hardaway to be a difference maker at the defensive end. For that to happen though, his focus and tenacity needs to increase. His lack of focus at times allowed his defender to get open off the ball, and his lack of desire or tenacity to be a top notch defender led to Hardaway being beat off the dribble time and time again.

Role on the Sixers

Hardaway would fill a role that the Sixers are in dire need of immediately. He has the potential to be a slasher off the wing that also has the ability to pull up at any time, an above-average defender, and ultimately an impact player on an NBA team.

Inconsistency has been the biggest harp on Hardaway as of yet. As he showed improvements in some areas, other parts of his game regressed as a result.

Regardless, his frame, size, and work ethic should allow him to be a contributor for an team almost immediately.

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