Dallas Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to play his best basketball
Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. is shooting the lights out since the All-Star break. Here is a look at his incredible production.
The Dallas Mavericks have battled injuries since the All-Star break. Luka Doncic has missed two of the 12 games. Kristaps Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith have each been sidelined for three. Seth Curry has not been in uniform four times. It has forced the Mavericks to rely on their depth and find ways to win games.
One reason they have split those 12 games is Tim Hardaway Jr. The 27-year-old missed the March 6 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. In the other 11 games, he is averaging 21.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.8 3-pointers made in 35.5 minutes per game. Hardaway Jr. is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 42.0 percent on his threes.
He continues to play the best basketball of his career. THJ is shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range on the season. His previous career-high is 36.3 percent.
The Mavericks have done well at getting him open catch and shoot attempts. The playmaking of Luka Doncic is a massive reason why. Hardaway Jr. is shooting 43.2 percent on his catch and shoot opportunities for the season. The Mavs are moving the ball and creating open looks all over the floor. It has led to a historic offensive rating.
THJ stepped up against the Pacers and Spurs as Kristaps Porzingis struggled with his shot. Hardaway Jr. had 30 points versus Indiana and followed it up with 20 points and seven rebounds in San Antonio. His ability to step up and handle more is another impressive part of the 27-year-old’s game.
THJ’s play has been unexpected. The Knicks viewed him as a throw-in on the Porzingis trade. They wanted off his $18.15 million salary for this year and his player option for next season. Hardaway Jr. is healthy and producing at a new level in Dallas. It has been a welcomed sight.
The NBA has suspended the regular season. Nobody knows when the action will pick back up. Fans can be assured that the Mavericks unlocked the best version of Tim Hardaway Jr.
Keep an eye on his production when the games resume. Can the 27-year-old keep up his fantastic shooting numbers? Will he be the team’s third-leading scorer in the playoffs? Stay tuned to see what Tim Hardaway Jr. can do.