Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (10) talks to the media in the locker room after losing to the Louisville Cardinals in the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: New York Knicks Select Tim Hardaway Jr. With No.24 Pick

J.R. Smith opted out of his contracted with the New York Knicks. While it may seem like a no-brainer to re-sign the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, the organization may decide to part ways.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is a versatile swingman that can play on both sides of the ball. While not the most explosive athlete, his fluid athleticism makes him a threat in both transition and in the half court.

Defensively, although he seemed to lose focus on-the-ball at times, the potential is there for him to become a lock-down defender. With good length and excellent strength for the shooting guard position, Hardaway could potentially be a bully defensively, similar to Andre Iguodala.

Plus, Spike Lee liked the pick, so that’s enough in itself.

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