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Knicks' Draftee Cheered, for a Change

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Barclays Center Erupts after New York Drafts Tim Hardaway Jr

Even selecting the great Iman Shumpert was received negatively by the New York faithful two years ago.

Tim Hardaway's name was announced by Commissioner David Stern as the 24th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and the crowd couldn't have been happier; they were jumping up and down as if the team had just beaten the Heat in a seven-game series.

Hardaway averaged almost 15 points per game and shot a cool 44% from the field for the Michigan Wolverines, who lost in the NCAA Championship game.

The newest Knick fits right in to a team committed to playing defense and shooting, and will add depth to the 2/3 position. With JR Smith's status up in the air after he decided to test free agency, Hardaway could step right in and compete for starter-type minutes in the event JR walks. New York's projected starting lineup would feature Raymond Felton at point and Iman Shumpert on one wing. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler would occupy the paint. This leaves the other wing wide open, free for JR Smith to sign himself into, or for Tim Hardaway Jr to play himself into.

Hardaway brings versatility to the Knicks, an athletic burst and the ability to get hot very quickly. Not to mention, his drive and pass game is very good, and that has the potential to work out very well with Tyson Chandler.

The Small Forward position will be dictated by how New York goes about the offseason, so it's important not to annoint Tim Hardaway Jr, or JR Smith, for that matter, the starter.

Hardaway's teammate, Trey Burke, commented on the Knicks' selection below.

Kenny Ducey covers the NBA, MLB, and PGA for WFUV Sports and is the creator of On Deck. Follow him on Twitter @KennyDucey.

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