Reason #3. Ability to Improve
The final reason Jaden Hardy might be the third star the Mavs are seeking is his ability to improve.
During his rookie season, Hardy saw his field goal percentage improve in every month except for one.
In February, Hardy shot 47.1 percent from the field. That would fall to 45 percent in March, but would again improve the following month (April) to 46.2 percent.
The same can be said for his three-point shooting, which peaked in March and saw him shoot 50 percent on a monthly season high of 66 attempts. That percentage would fall in April to 29.4 percent, but that came on only 17 attempts from behind the arc.
If you split up his numbers in pre, and post-All-Star break samples, his improvement is evident there as well.
Before the All-Star break, Hardy averaged 6.5 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting and 33.8 percent from three-point range.
After the All-Star break, Hardy averaged 12.8 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting and 45.9 percent from three-point range.
When you watch Jaden Hardy play, it is evident that he has no fear and displays unruffled confidence in his ability to score. This element is paramount to the success of a player that is playing with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving next to them on the court.
Josh Green, another exciting young player on the Mavs roster, appears to lack that component. The inability to keep that swagger has kept him from consistently showing the potential he has. This is why it is so eye-catching to see Hardy exude this trait. More importantly, he did so efficiently during his inaugural season in the NBA.
One last note, because of the fact he is playing next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, Hardy should rarely see double teams or opposing defenses scheming to stop him. He also isn't going to be expected to shoulder the pressure that most players with his skill set will feel early on in their careers. The floor and opportunities should be wide open for Hardy to display all of his talents, and stardom might be just around the corner.