As the New York Knicks’ continue their unlikely playoff push, winning their last six games, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. is playing a vital role.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Hardaway and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jeff Adrien.
» Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, New York Knicks (8.9 percent owned on ESPN.com)
20 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 2 three-pointers, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers vs Bucks.
Could the Knicks do it? Could they really grab the eighth seed? It’s definitely possible. The Knicks, winners of six straight including back-to-back 20-plus point drubbings, are running on all cylinders and rookie shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been a key cog.
Actually, Hardaway has been one of the better rookie performers over the duration of the entire season, sitting fifth on the rookie fantasy rankings according to Basketball Monster.com behind Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke and Ryan Kelly.
With Pablo Prigioni‘s role being reduced since he was demote from the starting lineup, minutes have opened up for Hardaway and it looks like he’s going to get consistent run down the stretch.
In the last three games, Hardaway has been phenomenal averaging 23.3 points and 3.3 three-pointers shooting an insane 66.7 percent from the field.
Those numbers are set to normalize, no doubt, but Hardaway will still be a productive player for the rest of the season and it’s going to be hard to ignore him in even shallow leagues.