3 Underrated sharpshooters the Spurs should target
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. - Dallas Mavericks
If you're looking for a guy who can catch fire for entire games, Tim Hardaway Jr. is definitely worth a look. In the last month alone, he's had the following shooting numbers from downtown:
It's hard to find a Spur who had those kinds of shooting numbers the whole season, let alone within a 30-day period. Overall, Hardaway shot 39.1 percent from the 3-point line this season, which would've been first on this year's Spurs. Over his eight-year career, he's a 36-percent shooter from downtown.
While San Antonio is already crowded at the guard position, only Derrick White is a comparable outside shooter right now, although Lonnie Walker is creeping up. The rate at which he fires away is also something the Spurs badly need. Currently, this is the leaderboard of the Spurs' 3-point attempts this season:
Derrick White: 6.8
Patty Mills: 6.3
Lonnie Walker: 4.7
Hardaway Jr. shot 7.6 threes per game despite starting in just 31 of his 70 games played. Would he get that many in Coach Popovich's system? It's very unlikely, but maybe that kind of thinking shouldn't be too farfetched in the everchanging modern NBA.
The 6-5 shooting guard made $18.9 million this season, so he's unlikely to come cheap if the Spurs really want him. Still, many view that Knicks contract as overpaying for his services. As our friends at The Smoking Cuban suggested, Dallas would prefer to find another star to add to the duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis this summer.
Much of what Dallas does with Hardaway Jr. depends on if they strike out with bigger names. If they find another star and Tim is willing to take a discount, the Spurs could be out of luck. Since he's unrestricted, though, the decision will lie with him.