Dallas Mavericks: Grading Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 2019-2020 season
By Tyler Watts
Tim Hardaway Jr. was the Dallas Mavericks’ third-best player in the 2019-2020 season. Not sure that many would have predicted that coming into the year. Heck after 13 games, he was averaging just 22.2 minutes per game. THJ looked destined to be a role player off the bench at that point.
Instead, he capitalized on his chance to start. Hardaway Jr. was given the opportunity after Seth Curry felt ill. It makes you wonder what would have happened if Curry did not get sick.
Instead, Hardaway Jr. started every game he played in from that point on. He was a consistent scorer and floor spacer on the squad with the best offensive rating in NBA history. Nobody thought fans could say that coming in.
Overall grade for the 2019-2020 season: A
It is difficult to land on any other grade for Tim Hardaway Jr. He thrived in his role, did not do too much, and was a key reason the Dallas Mavericks had 40 wins for the first time since 2016.
His player option looms as the key question of the Mavs offseason. Will the front office lock him up long-term? Could he opt-out and chase another multi-year payday? Will he just accept it to run it back with Luka and the Mavericks for over $18 million? Hardaway Jr.’s decision will have a significant impact on the team’s offseason, so stay tuned to see what he decides.