Knicks take Hardaway Jr. with 24th pick
By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks have selected Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. with the 24th pick in the NBA draft.
Hardaway played three seasons for the Wolverines, leaving after a junior season in which he averaged 14.5 points per game and helped Michigan reach the championship game of the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines lost to Louisville.
The pick received rave reviews and big cheers from the Knicks fans at Barclays Center -- and a standing ovation from his coach. John Beilein was attending the draft with Michigan point guard Trey Burke, who was selected ninth overall by the Timberwolves.
Hardaway's father played in the NBA from 1989-2003, including five seasons with the Miami Heat when he was part of a heated rivalry with the Knicks. Tim Hardaway was one of the NBA's most prolific little guys. Checking in at 6-feet and averaging 17 points per game during a career, he made the All-Star team five times.
His son is 6-6 and not quite the scorer that his father was. But the younger Hardaway was a consistent contributor in each of his three seasons at Michigan averaging 13.9 points as a freshman and 14.6 as a sophomore.
He gives the Knicks, who shot more 3-pointers than any team in league history, another long-range shooter. Hardaway made 37 percent of his 3s last season.
The Knicks had Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith getting most of the minutes at shooting guard and small forward last season. Hardaway will either provide depth behind those two or maybe help the Knicks replace Smith, who is an unrestricted free agent.
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