Hardaway played in 70 games during his third season in Dallas. The eighth-year veteran averaged 28.4 minutes, 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The Michigan product scored 20-plus points 22 times and 30-plus points five times. He also scored a season-high 42 points during a 115-105 win over the Pistons on April 29. Hardaway went 13-for-23 from the field, 6-for-10 from three and a perfect 10-for-10 in the season-high performance. In the first two games of the playoffs, the ex-Wolverine averaged 35.0 minutes and scored 24.5 points per game on 63.0 percent shooting from the field and 64.7 percent shooting from three. The six-foot-five guard notched multiple assists in 41 games, including a season-high five on two occasions. The 2013 first-round pick grabbed five-plus rebounds 20 times, including a season-high seven on four occasions. Defensively, he registered at least one steal in 27 games and at least one block in 10 games. Per 36 minutes, Hardaway averaged 21.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.2019
In his first full season with the Mavericks, Hardaway appeared in 71 out of 75 possible games, drawing 58 starts during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. Hardaway saw 29.5 minutes per game and averaged 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He also set career highs in threes per game (2.9) and three-point percentage (39.8). In terms of NBA ranks, Hardaway finished the season seventh in total threes made (204) and had the second-lowest turnover percentage (6.7). On Dec. 8 against the Kings, Hardaway recorded a career-high nine made threes, racking up 29 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal. On Feb. 7, in a game against the Wizards, Hardaway provided a season-high seven assists in addition to 19 points, four rebounds and two steals. Three days later, Hardaway scored a season-high 33 points against the Jazz in addition to three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes. The guard again scored 33 points later in the month against the Hawks on Feb. 22, also contributing five assists and four rebounds. During seeding play in Orlando, Hardaway had four performances with at least 20 points. On Aug. 2, the Michigan product grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in a game against the Suns. Hardaway appeared in all six playoff games against the Clippers and averaged 17.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 three-pointers per contest. His best playoff performance was Game 3, where he recorded a career-playoff-high 22 points (9-19 FG, 4-10 3Pt), six rebounds and two assists.2018
Hardaway began the 2018-19 season by starting in all 46 of his appearances with the Knicks. He thrived over that time, averaging a career-best 19.1 points per game and delivering six games with at least 30 points -- including 31 in the season opener. Hardaway piled up a season-high 37 points against Indiana on Halloween, shooting 10-of-19 from the field with a career-high seven threes. Then, in the middle of November, he reeled off three consecutive outings with 30-plus points. Hardaway was an assassin from long range, hitting at least four treys in 12 games during his time with the Knicks. He also tallied two double-doubles with New York. On Jan. 31, Hardaway was dealt, along with Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, to the Mavericks. Hardaway proceeded to start 17 of his 19 appearances for the Mavs while seeing a moderate reduction in his minutes and scoring load. Even so, he scored at least 20 points in seven of his 19 games with Dallas, hitting four threes in four of those games. The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his new uniform.2017
After two seasons in Atlanta, Hardaway signed back up with the Knicks -- with whom he started his career -- on a four-year deal ahead of the 2017-18 season. Although he was limited to 57 games due to a knee injury, that didn't stop Hardaway from enjoying full-time starting action when healthy (54 starts). As a result, he averaged career highs across the board with 17.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. The fifth-year guard played a career-high 33.1 minutes per tilt. Hardaway cleared 20 points on 18 occasions and poured in at least 30 points five times. He scored a career-high 39 points against Minnesota on Mar. 23, making a career-high 14 field goals as well as a career-high-tying six 3-pointers. Hardaway hit six threes two more times, scoring north of 30 in both of those games as well. He also continued becoming a more well-rounded producer, as Hardaway recorded his first two double-digit-rebound games in the NBA, notching his first two double-doubles in the process. He tied his career high with eight assists in an Oct. 29 win over Cleveland -- a game in which he scored 34 points. As part of his continued improvement on the defensive end, Hardaway recorded a season-high three steals six times.2016
After enduring a tough campaign with limited minutes the year before, Hardaway came back with a vengeance in his second season with Atlanta. He played in 79 games, starting 30 while averaging career highs in points (14.5), field-goal percentage (45.5), made threes (1.9), rebounds (2.8), assists (2.3) and steals (0.7). He tied his career high with six threes on New Year's Day against San Antonio. Hardaway posted the first two 30-point games of his career, including a career-high 36 on Mar. 3 against Cleveland. All told, he scored in double digits 58 times and piled up 23 games with 20-plus points. The fourth-year guard set a new career high with with eight assists Jan. 29 against his old Knicks club, and he recorded another career high with nine rebounds Apr. 9 against Cleveland. After playing a minor role off the bench in the previous season's playoffs, Hardaway played a far bigger role this time around, starting all six games of Atlanta's first-round loss to Washington and averaging 12.8 points across 33.4 minutes per contest. He scored 19 points in Game 2, representing his personal high for postseason play.2015
An offseason trade brought Hardaway to Atlanta, where he made 51 appearances in the 2015-16 NBA season. With Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder eating up guard minutes for the Hawks, Hardaway made only one start and averaged 16.9 minutes and 6.4 points, both significant drops from his two years with the Knicks. Nonetheless, when the ball did make its way into his hands, Hardaway remained a dangerous shooter. He set a new career high with a 43.0 field-goal percentage and a pristine 89.3 free-throw percentage. He also hit 33.8 percent of his threes, averaging nearly a made three per game even in limited action. Hardaway's lone start of the year, Mar. 17 against Denver, saw him score a season-high 21 points along with a career-high-tying seven rebounds. Two days later, he posted another 20 points against Houston while hitting a season-high five threes on seven attempts. Hardaway also made his NBA postseason debut, averaging 2.2 points over 9.7 minutes across nine games during the Hawks' two-round playoff run.2014
Hardaway Jr.'s second NBA campaign saw him play a somewhat larger role for the Knicks, making 30 starts across 70 games and averaging 24.0 minutes. He responded with 11.5 points, 1.7 threes, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game -- all improvements over his rookie season. For the second consecutive season, he opened the campaign in a limited bench role before playing his way into increased court time. After averaging just 17.4 minutes and 8.7 points over his first 23 games, Hardaway averaged 12.8 points over 27.3 minutes the rest of the way. Hardaway piled up 20-plus points 10 times, topping out with a pair of 25-point games. Arguably his finest effort of the season came Jan. 24 against Charlotte, when he racked up the first of those 25-point efforts alongside six rebounds, five assists and a block. He hit five threes in that game -- one of four times on the season that he did so. On the whole, the sharp-shooting guard again hit his threes at a healthy clip -- 34.2 percent -- and made 80.1 percent of his free throws as well. Hardaway showed significant improvement as a ball distributor, notching five assists on four separate occasions after never exceeding three in his rookie year. He also set a new career high with seven rebounds, a mark he achieved on both Feb. 22 and Feb. 28.2013
Hardaway Jr. -- the son of retired NBA star Tim Hardaway -- went to the Knicks with the 24th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, then went on to appear in 81 games for New York. He started just once, but that didn't stop the former Michigan star from averaging 10.2 points per game, good for fifth on the team. After seeing limited usage for much of his first 14 games of the season, Hardaway Jr. blew up for 21 points -- including five 3-pointers -- on Dec. 1 against New Orleans. By the middle of the season, he was regularly seeing 30 minutes off the bench, and that was reflected in his stats. Over his first 42 games, Hardaway averaged 8.2 points. But from Jan. 26 through the end of the season, a 39-game span, he posted 12.3 points per game. A shoot-first guard, Hardaway averaged 1.6 threes per game while making them at a 36.3 percent clip, and he shot a sparkling 82.8 percent from the free-throw line. His biggest performance came Jan. 30 against Cleveland, when Hardaway poured in 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting -- including hitting a season-high six threes. All told, Hardaway scored 20-plus points nine times and hit multiple threes on 36 occasions. He notched a season-high five rebounds three times and posted four three-steal games. Hardaway finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting and made the NBA All-Rookie First Team.