Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. was born in Alameda, California, to Yolanda Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Sr. His father was a five-time All-Star in the NBA. Tim Hardaway Jr. attended Palmer Trinity School as a high-school freshman, playing football before focusing on basketball. He transferred to Miami Palmetto High School prior to his sophomore season, and there he played basketball for three years. During his senior season, Hardaway Jr. posted per-game averages of 31.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He earned first-team All-City honors following his junior and senior campaigns after a selection to the third team as a sophomore. As a college basketball star at the University of Michigan, Hardaway Jr. and many of his teammates visited the St. Louis Center — a caring residential community for children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities — in Chelsea, Michigan, to spend time with residents and demonstrate basketball skills. After reaching the pros, he joined fellow NBA player Ray Allen for a visit to Lake Stevens Middle School in Miami Gardens, Florida, to celebrate the donation of a revamped computer lab and brand new computers via Allen’s Ray of Hope Foundation. Learn more about Hardaway Jr. by following him on Twitter (@T_HardJR) and on Instagram (@timmyjr10).
Tim Hardaway Jr. is an eight-year veteran with career averages of 13.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 26.8 minutes per game in 544 games (268 starts) with New York, Atlanta and Dallas. He hit 120-plus 3-pointers in seven of his first eight NBA seasons, including a career-high 207 triples in 2020-21. He’s the first Maverick in franchise history with multiple seasons of 200+ 3-pointers made.
Hardaway (6-5, 205) was acquired by the Mavericks in the seven-player trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis, Trey Burke and Courtney Lee to Dallas on Jan. 31, 2019. He shot a career-best 39.8 percent (204-513 3FGs) from beyond the arc in 2019-20, and followed it up by connecting on 39.1 percent of his long-range attempts in 2020-21. Hardaway also shot 44.7 percent from the field, the second-highest mark in a season in his career. Hardaway proved to be an excellent sparkplug off the bench in 2021, finishing top-five in the league in Sixth Man of the Year voting.
The 6-5 guard was selected by New York with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors and set a Knicks rookie record for 3-pointers made (130) in 2013-14.
Before declaring for the draft, Hardaway played three seasons at Michigan (2010-13), including his final two alongside Mavericks guard Trey Burke. As a junior, he was named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by the media and helped the Wolverines advance to 2013 national title game.
Hardaway is the son of five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr., who played in 54 games for Dallas in 2001-02. The Hardaways became the first father/son combo in Mavericks history.