Dallas Mavericks: Grading Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 2019-2020 season
Dallas Mavericks wing Tim Hardaway Jr. produced the most efficient year of his NBA career. Here is a grade for his play in the 2019-2020 season.
The Dallas Mavericks may have just repeated history. In 2001, the organization broke through after rebuilding. Hopefully, it turns out that well. The Mavs made the playoffs 12 straight seasons including 11 consecutive with 50-plus wins.
A 22-year-old Dirk Nowitzki averaged over 21 points per game for the first time in his career in 2001. He was flanked by a 26-year-old Steve Nash and a prime Michael Finley.
This season’s version had a 21-year-old Luka Doncic leading the charge flanked by Kristaps Porzingis and a cast of role players that all improved in 2019-2020. There was no larger surprise on the Mavericks than Tim Hardaway Jr. He morphed into the team’s third scorer and floor spacer this season.
That 2001 team advanced to the second round of the playoffs by upsetting the Utah Jazz. Fans may never get to find out what this season’s Mavericks could accomplish. NBA play has been suspended since March 11 with no end in sight. There is a chance the 2019-2020 season is over.
In a normal year, the NBA would be in thick of the playoffs right now. If play resumes, the suspension will have lasted at least as long as a normal offseason.
With that said, let us grade each Dallas Mavericks player on the 67 games that happened before the hiatus. The series begins today with Tim Hardaway Jr. Let us jump into it.
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