3. Met expectations: Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Dallas Mavericks changed their game plan this season when they made Tim Hardaway their primary sixth man. Last season, the Mavs guard started in 45 games. This season, he has to start for Dallas.
So, why the change? There is no clear explanation.
However, Dallas might be crowded at the guard position, and secondly, the team may have wanted to focus on a more defensive approach.
Whatever the decision, it is something that has worked for both sides.
Hardaway Jr. has thrived in his role. He averages 16.9 points per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the court. His points-per-game average is the best he's had since arriving at Dallas.
The Mavs guard has also accepted his role as sixth man. On Wednesday, he spoke about his role in Dallas.
"That sixth man guy, he's a big deal. Jason Terry for example. Just trying to do my best impression of that in the modern day era. "- Tim Hardaway Jr.
Last week, SportsBook Review, listed Hardaway Jr. as the leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year.
So, its safe to say Hardaway Jr. has done more than met expectations.
Now, what are the real chances he actually wins Sixth Man of the Year award? He'll have to keep this level of play up, but he is right in the hunt for the award if he and Dallas continue to exceed expectations.