Dallas Mavericks roster breakdown: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Following a career year that showed Hardaway’s capability to be just as effective off the ball as he was as a primary facilitator in New York, the grizzled veteran is proving last year wasn’t a fluke. His numbers are virtually the same as last year’s with an uptick in scoring.
For the season, Hardaway is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting 39.3 percent from three. His role is clearly defined in Dallas. Hardaway Jr. gives Luka an automatic option on the perimeter to kick the ball out to when he drives. He is only getting better as the season rages, including shooting 40.6 percent from deep so far in February.
Hardaway Jr. has never been considered a lockdown defender. Last year, he proved to be adequate. While his defensive rating is fifth-highest on the team, his efficiency on the offensive end has helped negate some of those concerns.
He is currently on pace to match his 1.1 defensive win shares from last year which was slightly above league average. All in all, with this being Hardaway’s last year on his contract, the Dallas Mavericks have a reliable starter who provides a good mix of scoring, floor spacing, efficiency, and respectable enough defense that keeping him can only help.