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Knicks take Tim Hardaway Jr. with 24th pick of the 2013 NBA draft

06/27/2013 10:53 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The New York Knicks selected University of Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.(AP)
The New York Knicks added an NBA legacy on Thursday, selecting University of Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Hardaway Jr., who left Michigan after spending his junior season helping lead the Wolverines to the finals of the NCAA Tournament, is much taller than his father at 6-foot-6, but is every bit the shooter.

An All-Big Ten First Team media selection in 2012-13, Hardaway Jr. averaged 14.5 points per game last season while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc; for his career, he averaged 14.3 points and shot 42.5 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively, in 107 games over three seasons.

The Knicks fans in attendance at Barclays Center cheered when their team's lone pick of the night was announced, and perhaps their most famous fan also was happy with the selection.

"I thought of how his father used to kill the Knicks, so it's ironic," Knicks superfan Spike Lee told ESPN after the pick, "(but) I'm elated. He's going to help right away."

Hardaway's selection makes 2013 the 12th straight year that at least one son of an ex-NBA player was selected in the Draft.

 

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