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 2 years ago '04        #11281
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Tour'e taking his talents to the mormons
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Iman Shumpert has spent the summer working on a lot of little things, honing different elements of his offensive arsenal, in preparation for what he expects to be a bigger role in the Knicks offense.

Having spent the majority of his young career playing in Mike Woodson’s perimeter-heavy attack, Shumpert said he believes the switch to Derek Fisher’s triangle offense finally will allow him to be properly utilized on the offensive end.

“There’s constant action going on,” Shumpert said. “I think I’ll be able to capitalize off that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.”

After tearing his ACL during the 2012 playoffs, missing much of the following season and spraining his MCL in the same knee last season, Shumpert said the biggest focus of his offseason training has been strengthening his left knee back to the level it was during his breakout rookie season.

“All I’ve been working on is just getting that trust back in my left leg, to take off from further, to take off earlier and use it a lot more, cutting and slashing to the basket,” Shumpert said at his Basketball ProCamp in Westchester. “I know this year, this offense, I’ll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket, so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable.”

Last season, Shumpert struggled as the team struggled, resulting in the 24-year-old facing non-stop trade rumors, which caused him to stop using social media. Though Shumpert said he still can’t figure out what caused the Knicks to fall from the No. 2 seed to eight games below .500, he believes the difficulties they faced last season only will help them avoid a similar outcome in the upcoming season.

“I think we’ll be great,” Shumpert said. “This year, I think we’ll be able to clean up a lot of the stuff that we went through last year. I think it’s going to help us this year a lot, what we had to go through last year. I think it’ll give everybody that chip on their shoulder.”
 2 years ago '04        #11283
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With training camp less than two months away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.

Today’s question: Do the Knicks have enough size to compete?

When Phil Jackson traded Tyson Chandler earlier this summer, the Zen Master was lauded for not only being able to ship Chandler and Raymond Felton out of town but also for bringing in Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and two second-round picks, which helped land Cleanthony Early.

While Chandler was looking for a fresh start elsewhere, the Knicks parted with their best rebounder and interior defender. When healthy, he provided the Knicks with an active big man who was the last line of defense.

Now, the Knicks start the Derek Fisher era with uncertainty inside the paint. Yes, Carmelo Anthony can be a force on the boards. But does he have enough help inside?

Let’s start with Dalembert, who could be the starter. When given steady minutes, he can rebound and certainly can block shots. The 6-foot-11 center has career averages of 7.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game over his 12-year career.

Dalembert is probably at his most effective within a 20- to 25-minute range. Over the past six years, he has averaged no more than 25.9 minutes per game during a season. Last season, Dalembert played 20.2 minutes a game and averaged 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for the Mavericks.

At 33, Dalembert should be able to provide the Knicks with rebounding and blocked shots but not heavy minutes.

The wild card for the Knicks could be 7-footer Jason Smith. He provides the Knicks with a center capable of burying the midrange jumper, rebounding and blocking shots. Smith, 28, averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in 31 games last season before missing time with a knee injury.

Smith has had trouble staying healthy, playing more than 50 games in a season only once in the past three years. But he could be a good fit in the triangle if he avoids injury.

Speaking of health, the Knicks would benefit if Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani can stay on the court. Stoudemire showed flashes last season of the old Amar'e, averaging 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.6 minutes a game. It remains to be seen how he will fit in the triangle, but his ability to hit shots from the outside helps. Fisher shouldn’t use Stoudemire for a ton of minutes, obviously, due to his knees. But Stoudemire has said he feels better, and he is entering a contract year.

Bargnani, the 7-foot offensive-minded big man, might like playing in the triangle with his ability to shoot from the outside. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 42 games, missing time with an elbow injury. Bargnani is also entering a contract year, so he should be motivated. Being reunited with Calderon also should help.

The Knicks acquired the 6-9 Travis Outlaw and 6-7 Quincy Acy, and backup center Cole Aldrich adds depth. Early is thin, but at 6-8 he adds some length.

In the East, Cleveland boasts Kevin Love, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. Chicago now has Pau Gasol to go with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.

The Raptors still have a rising Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson. The Wizards re-signed Marcin Gortat and added Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to go with Nene. The Heat still have Chris Bosh, and the Hornets still have Al Jefferson.

The Knicks may not have the offensive firepower inside like some of these other East playoff contenders. They don’t have one athletic big man who can log 30-plus minutes and be a surefire double-double guy. They will likely have to rely on Melo to be that force on the boards.

Fisher will have to go with size by committee. Where I see the biggest concern inside is defensively for the Knicks. There are some shot-blockers, but can they defend in the post? Will they be able to win the battle on the defensive boards?

Much of the answer rests with their health. If their bigs can remain active, the Knicks should have just enough size to be in contention for a playoff spot in the East.
 2 years ago '08        #11284
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Yeah we enough they just aren't the most talented bigs tho
 2 years ago '04        #11285
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Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday inside Brooklyn’s 40/40 Club, a group of 15 family members and friends celebrated the Knicks’ selection of former Wichita State small forward Cleanthony Early with the No. 34 pick of the NBA draft.

At the same time, more than 1,300 miles west in Wichita, Greg Heiar, the Wichita State a.ssistant coach who recruited Early from a Division III junior college in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., processed the pick. A Knicks scout visited Wichita before Phil Jackson a.ssumed the role as team president, and Early never worked out for the Knicks in the pre-draft process. Still, Heiar believed Jackson’s approach suited Early’s abilities.

“Perfect fit,” Heiar said. “Cleanthony’s perfect for the triangle offense.”

Whether it was knocking down 3-pointers on pick-and-pop possessions or throwing touch passes from the high post, Early excelled in the areas of the game Jackson prizes. He will bring an interesting outlook to the Knicks locker room, as well, engaging anyone and everyone in conversation, quoting Buddha, reading “The Art of Seduction” and embracing the challenging positions of yoga. Once an immature student with a Steven Seagal ponytail at Pine Bush High in Orange County, Early kept an open mind on his journeys through prep school, junior college and a Final Four run at Wichita State. There are elements to his life that dovetail with Jackson’s spiritual ways.

“I’d love to be a fly on the wall for their conversation,” said Bob Rahn, who coached Early with the B.C. Eagles AAU team in high school.

Several experiences in New York helped shape Early’s worldview. He grew up on 188th St. in the Bronx and moved with his mother to Middletown, N.Y., when he was nearing high school after his cousin, Ezekiel, was shot dead on the street. In July 2010, he learned that his brother, Jamel, the one who introduced Early to basketball, had suffered a heart attack while swimming in the Schoharie Creek outside Schenectady. He drowned, and Early decided to attend Sullivan County Community College close to home rather than leave his mother, Sandra Glover, alone in grieving.

“The divine is working repeatedly in people’s lives,” Early said. “Always be willing to tell others how you feel.”

Early never shied from showing opponents his talents. He scored more than a thousand points in two seasons at Sullivan County and another thousand in two years at Wichita State. He was the electric swingman who sparked the Shockers to the Final Four in 2013 and a 35-1 record last season, proving to be the best player on the court in the NCAA Tournament loss to Kentucky. His ability to outrun Kentucky’s future lottery picks in the open floor and outscore them all punctuated his development in the Midwest.

Before that run, Early spoke about drawing closer to his dreams. He discussed the need to strengthen his legs and stretch his talent. He was open to all growth.

“I like when I dream and I realize I am dreaming, then I can do whatever I want,” Early said after a practice. “That happened a week ago, then I could fly and it’s the most random dream.”

His strength and conditioning coach at Wichita, Kerry Rosenboom, noted the willingness that Early had for incorporating all kinds of workouts into his development process.

The most important step for the Wichita State basketball program last summer was the introduction of yoga. Rosenboom’s evaluation of Early seemed to fit Jackson’s methods.

“We had guys who looked like the mighty oak tree trying to do it. It looked like a bad game of Twister,” Rosenboom said. “Cle was the one perfectionist.”
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 2 years ago '04        #11287
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#Knicks announce that they will hold training camp at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4.
 2 years ago '04        #11288
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With the Knicks officially announcing Derek Fisher’s coaching staff on Wednesday, it’s worth noting the relationship between new a.ssistant Brian Keefe and Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.

Durant, a free agent in 2016, is very close to Keefe, according to an NBA source. Keefe had been with Oklahoma City for seven seasons — the first two as developmental coach — before being promoted to a.ssistant. The hire, unofficially made in mid-July, can’t hurt the Knicks’ pitch for Durant if they still have cap space to spend that summer.

“He’s Durant’s guy,’’ the league source said.

During last season, Durant noted Keefe had put him in his place regarding body language and attitude.

In addition to a.ssociate coach Kurt Rambis and Keefe, Fisher will be surrounded by Jim Cleamons, Rasheed Hazzard and Joshua Longstaff. Having Phil Jackson’s former top a.ssistants in Cleamons and Rambis is expected to greatly aid Fisher’s triangle teachings.

The Westchester Knicks, the new expansion D-League team, acquired 16 players in the expansion draft, including seven who have played in the NBA. Former Knicks center Jerome Jordan is on the club, as well as former Notre Dame forward Luke Herangody and Syracuse’s Kris Joseph.
 2 years ago '04        #11289
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The Knicks will hold training camp at the United States Military Academy in West Point from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

They will practice at Christl Arena, the home of Army's basketball teams and the same arena the United States men's national team visited for two days in August.

While there last month, Team USA players interacted with cadets and toured campus.

The Knicks have held training camp at their practice facility in Tarrytown for the past few seasons.

Under Donnie Walsh, the team held training camp in Saratoga and previously traveled to Charleston, S.C., for camp.
 2 years ago '04        #11290
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With training camp less than one month away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.

Today’s question: Who is the Knicks' most important offensive player?

Just so you know from the top, we know this is a silly question when it comes to the Knicks. Obviously, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks' most important offensive player.

But we here at ESPNNewYork.com have come up with a few "Burning Questions" heading into training camp. And we've done so in concert with our friends at the Nets blog. So the question agreed upon today concerned each team's most important offensive player.

Again, it's obvious that New York's most important offensive weapon is Anthony.

So, instead of delving into why that is, we'd rather talk about the potential impact of the triangle offense on Anthony's game.

First things first: By all accounts, it could take a while for Anthony and the Knicks to learn the triangle. There are multiple actions in the offense that are based on how a defense reacts to certain offensive sets. Given all of the variables at play, it's probably safe to say that what you see in the first few months from Anthony will be different from what you see from him late in the season.

But how much different will Anthony's game be in his first triangle season? Can he improve statistically?

Many long-time Anthony observers say he has had some of his best seasons as a pro over the past two years. In 2012-13, Carmelo led the league in scoring. Last season he finished second, behind Kevin Durant. He also established a career high in rebounds per game last year (8.1) and 3-point shooting percentage (40.2 percent). His player efficiency rating was a career-high 24.8 in 2012-13. We mention all of this to say that Anthony seems to be at his peak entering this season. Can the triangle offense help him reach higher ground?

Obviously, we'll have to wait and see to find out the answer to that question.

But to provide some historical context, we took at look at how Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant performed in their first seasons in the triangle.

Of course, Anthony, Bryant and Jordan all faced vastly different circumstances in their first year in the offense.

For one, Jordan was 26 years old and in his sixth season in the league when he first played in Phil Jackson's signature offense back in 1989-90.

Bryant was 21 and in his fourth NBA season.

Anthony, on the other hand, is 30 and will be entering his 12th.

Also, while Jordan and Anthony were undoubtedly the focal points of their team's offense in their first seasons in the triangle, Bryant was sharing the floor with Shaquille O'Neal.

With all of that in mind, it's still worthwhile to look at what Bryant and Jordan did in their first seasons in the triangle when trying to guess at how it may impact Anthony.

The big takeaways from Jordan's first season were that his scoring increased by 1.9 points per 36 minutes and his shooting percentage from beyond the arc increased by 10 percent. He also took two more shots per 36 minutes in his first season in the triangle than he did the year before.

Could we see something similar with Anthony? It wouldn't be a surprise if Melo's scoring spiked in the triangle. But 3-point shooting percentage is another story. Melo shot a career-high 40 percent from beyond the arc last season. So it's hard to see him making a big improvement in that area this year given it was a career-best mark.

What about Kobe's first year in the triangle?

His scoring per 36 minutes also increased by two points and he shot two more field goals per 36 minutes. Kobe also increased his 3-point shooting percentage by five percent; his a.ssists per 36 minutes increased by one.

Could Melo accrue more a.ssists in his first triangle season, as Kobe did?

(Jordan's a.ssists decreased in his first triangle season but that was due in part to his role as Bulls point guard in the previous season.)

The guess here is that Melo's a.ssist opportunities (as explained here) will remain the same and that his teammates will knock down a larger percentage of those shots created by Anthony. So his a.ssists per 36 minutes should spike.

But that's only a guess. We won't know definitively about the triangle's impact on Anthony until they roll the balls out in late October. But one thing is certain: The success of this Knicks team hinges -- at least in part -- on how the triangle effects Carmelo's game.
 2 years ago '08        #11291
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Why does he have to match kobe and mj? Plus nobody on the knicks is as good as shaq,pippen or even gasol
 2 years ago '04        #11292
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Begley

With training camp less than one month away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.

Today’s question: Who is the Knicks' most important defensive player?

Defense -- or lack thereof -- was one of the most glaring issues during the team's forgettable 37-win season last year.

In case you need evidence to support this theory, here are the numbers:

New York last season ranked a paltry 24th in defensive efficiency, a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions. The club ranked 28th in points allowed per shot.

So the big question entering the preseason is, how will this year be different for New York?

With that in mind, we take a look below at two players who may be key to the Knicks' defense this season:

On the perimeter: Iman Shumpert

Guarding the perimeter and the pick-and-roll were two of the Knicks' biggest issues on D last year. New York was outscored by an averaged of nine points per 48 minutes at point guard last season, per 82games.com. They were outscored by six points per 48 minutes at shooting guard, according to the web site.

Opposing shooting guards and point guards combined to shoot slightly better than 50 percent against New York last season. Ouch.

And, as was pointed out by Joe Flynn at SB Nation's Posting and Toasting blog, the Knicks were awful at defending the 3-point shot, allowing opponents to hit 37.1 percent of their threes (27th in the NBA).

Raymond Felton was the player most often blamed for the Knicks' perimeter defense. So you couldn't find many fans who were upset when Felton was shipped to Dallas earlier this summer.

But Felton's replacement, Jose Calderon, isn't known as a defensive stopper.

Last season, Calderon’s "defensive real plus-minus" was a minus-3.56, which was 72nd among point guards. Defensive real plus-minus measures a player's defensive contributions based on points allowed per 100 defensive possessions.

That's why we think Shumpert will be so vital to the Knicks' defense this season. Depending on the backcourt pairings, Shumpert may be called upon to support Calderon on the perimeter. And based on recent history, the fourth-year guard should be up to the task.

Shumpert put together a defensive plus-minus rating of plus-2.00, which ranked him fourth among all shooting guards and first among shooting guards who played at least 25 minutes per game last year.

If he can duplicate that number, particularly when paired with Calderon, Shumpert's play should help make the Knicks a competent defensive club.

In the paint: Samuel Dalembert

I know there was a vocal segment of Knicks fans who were happy to see Tyson Chandler traded to Dallas, but his absence may leave a void in the paint and around the rim.

It will be up to Samuel Dalembert, Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith and others to fill that void.

There are many defensive metrics available, but predicting how well the players mentioned above will defend the rim is difficult.

It's hard to quantity an individual's impact on defense, because that individual's defensive statistics can be contingent upon the four players he's sharing the floor with.

That being said, if we are basing things on last year's stats, it seems like Dalembert will be able to fill in admirably for Chandler.

Chandler allowed opponents to shoot 51 percent at the rim, which was ninth among NBA centers, according to NBA.com. Dalembert, playing 10 fewer minutes per game than Chandler, allowed opponents to shoot 52 percent at the rim.

So Dalembert compares favorably there.

Also, Dalembert grabbed 45.8 percent of contested rebounds last season, per NBA.com. Chandler corralled just 35.8 percent of contested rebounds.

So Dalembert may be an improvement on the boards for the Knicks. Either way, his performance around the paint and at the rim could be key for a Knicks team looking to re-establish an identity on that side of the ball.
 2 years ago '11        #11293
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this dude shump better ball out this season. Im watching Faried looking like an all-star out here. Shump got a point to prove.
 2 years ago '04        #11294
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NEW YORK -- New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Langston Galloway and forward Travis Wear. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Galloway, 6-2, 202-pounds, is an undrafted rookie out Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After four seasons, the Baton Rouge, LA native finished his collegiate career as the Hawks’ second all-time leading scorer with 1,991 points and the school’s all-time leader on three-point field goals with 343. For New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past July, he averaged 5.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 a.ssists over 13.8 minutes in four games

Wear, 6-10, 230-pounds, is an undrafted rookie out of the University of California, Los Angeles. After three seasons, the Huntington Beach, CA native averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 96 games for the Bruins after transferring after his freshman year with the University of North Carolina. For New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this past July, he averaged 2.7 points over 5.7 minutes in three games.
 2 years ago '04        #11295
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shall see, both can spread the floor...Wear being a finesse big


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and Gallow, i already said they bring this dude back to f!ght for a spot
 2 years ago '14        #11296
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Travis in the last few games of summer league
 2 years ago '11        #11297
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net fans need 2 get rid of some trash = @

can you guys take him??
 2 years ago '08        #11298
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 imtheman718 said:
this dude shump better ball out this season. Im watching Faried looking like an all-star out here. Shump got a point to prove.
Faried is better but all star?
 2 years ago '04        #11299
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Begley

With training camp less than two weeks away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the New York Knicks.

Today’s question: Which player has the most to prove during training camp?

The Knicks are coming off of a horrific 37-win season. So you can make a strong case that each member of the organization enters training camp with something to prove.

Carmelo Anthony has to show that the can adapt to Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

Fisher has to show that he can transition from championship player to competent coach.

Jackson has to show that he can weather the maelstrom of the NBA season as team president.

But certain members of the organization -- due to circumstance, past performance or their contract -- have more to prove than others.

One employee with a lot to prove entering camp is Iman Shumpert.

Around this time last year, many expected Shumpert to emerge as a consistent scorer and lock-down defender.

The 2011 first-round pick was coming off of a strong postseason, with big performances in the Knicks' series clinching win over Boston and series clinching loss to Indiana.

The next logical progression for Shumpert was to average double digits as a starter and continue to thrive as a perimeter defender.

But Shumpert entered training camp at less than 100 percent health (his surgically-repaired knee was an issue) and never seemed to get fully on track.

It's hard to know what exactly went wrong.

Shumpert suffered several nagging injuries throughout the season. He was also the subject of constant trade rumors.

And both seemed to impact his performance.

Shumpert posted career lows in points and a.ssists per 36 minutes. His field goal and free-throw percentages were also career-lows, as was his PER, a per-minute measure of a player's performance.

Shumpert had some impressive offensive outbursts (the Texas trip in early January comes to mind). But he struggled to produce consistently. There were 19 games in which Shumpert played at least 25 minutes but scored fewer than six points.

One thing to note, though: Shumpert continued to defend at an elite level last season, at least according to one metric. Shumpert's defensive real plus-minus, which measures his impact through the prism of points allowed per 100 defensive possessions, was quite strong -- he ranked first among shooting guards who played at least 25 minutes per game (and fourth among all shooting guards).

Maybe this was one reason why Jackson made a point to praise Shumpert's defensive energy several times over the spring and summer.

But Jackson's praise may have served a duel purpose.

The Knicks continued to explore opportunities to trade Shumpert over the summer, according to league sources, so Jackson may have been trying to improve the league-wide perception of his player.

Still, we think Shumpert has an opportunity to make a strong impact this season in the triangle. Tall guards such as Ron Harper have thrived in the offense. Can Shumpert fill the same role?

Answers to that question will start to emerge during training camp and the preseason.

For what it's worth, Shumpert said a few weeks ago that he was looking forward to playing in the triangle because of the player and ball movement it engenders. He pointed out that it would be a better approach than last year, when he found himself "standing in the corner" in Mike Woodson's isolation-heavy offense.

Shumpert also said that he felt increased strength and comfort in his left leg -- the same leg that was surgically-repaired at the end of his rookie season.

But he didn't want to offer any predictions about how he would fare in the triangle. When asked if he thought he would thrive in the offense, Shumpert said only, "We'll find out."

We sure will. And the process will start in a couple weeks, in what could be a pivotal training camp for Iman Shumpert.
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Ohm Youngmisuk

NEW YORK –- Tim Hardaway Jr. made some noise with his offense as a rookie.

Now he’s hoping to take the next step in his game by improving his defense and being more vocal on the court.

The Knicks’ promising second-year shooter has spent his offseason focusing on his defense and agility, practicing with Team USA on a select team and playing on the Knicks' summer league team.

“I just want to be a better defender, a better vocal leader out there,” Hardaway Jr. said at Charity Day, hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners last Thursday. “That is my main focus. I know offense will come and I will get better at that each and every day. Where you separate yourself in the league is by playing team defense and I want to be a part of that.”

Shooting and providing offensive punch certainly isn’t a problem for Hardaway Jr. In 23 minutes a game this past season, Hardaway Jr. averaged 10.2 points, 42.8 percent shooting overall and 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. He should only get better as he continues to expand his offensive game and learn what defenses will give him.

The 6-6 wingman also would appear to be a good fit for Derek Fisher’s triangle. Defensively, Hardaway Jr. needs to improve on the ball and his length could be an a.sset.

“I think the triangle we ran summer league, it was great,” Hardaway Jr. said. “You just got to trust each and every person, whoever is on the floor. And that’s the only way I think it will be able to work.”
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