Tim Hardaway Jr. Played Entire Season With Leg Injury

The extent of Mavericks‘ guard Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s stress reaction in his left tibia that will result in surgery sometime this summer appears to be a bit more involved than previously indicated, relays Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News.

Per Fraley, Hardaway acknowledged earlier today that he actually played the entire 2018/19 campaign with a “sub-par” left leg. An earlier report on Hardaway’s injury in the wake of the Mavericks’ decision to shut the 27-year-old down for the team’s final 11 games indicated that he would no longer play the rest of this season, but did not provide any details on what caused the injury or when the injury occurred.

“I was playing through an injury basically the entire season,” said Hardaway. “I think that shows a lot about my character and how much I care for the guys in that locker room.”

Hardaway, who is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go by the beginning of training camp later this year, averaged a career-high 18.1 PPG this season, but was held to an eFG% of .474, tied for the lowest of his career. Both his assist and rebound numbers were also down from last season.

For Mavericks fans excited about what the future may bring with both Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic now in the fold, the fact that Hardaway wasn’t at full strength this season may be even more reason for optimism.

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10 thoughts on “Tim Hardaway Jr. Played Entire Season With Leg Injury

  1. david

    If we are lucky in lottery and land in top 5 and keep our pick, we will be a dangerous team. If we get exactly the 4th or 5th pick, i try to trade for Fox (Divac not a huge fan of fox for whatever reason) or mo bama. Who can spread the floor, run and play D

    • They get 4th, just take Reddish or RJ if someone is an idiot on draft night. He would be nice off Doncic. Why not just sign Brooke Lopez to space the floor? Lopez/KP = stretch 5 at all times and only costs money. If their goal was to contend next year they could field a nice roster with veterans vs overpaying Vucevic or Boogie. A combo of Lopez, Collison, Rondo, Randle, Mirotic, Morrises, Danny Green, Rubio. Lot of unselfish pros outside of Randle that could be had for 8-15M.

      • david

        Lol rondo never coming back to Dallas. Lopez doesnt play D. I like mo bama a lot more. I just pay for klay as he is the most perfect fit for Doncic. Plis has championship experience. I like Beverly and Morris has well. Gives them some toughness. Theoretically if we are able to dump Lee and or Hardway, we could sign all those FAs

        • KYRedSox17

          I wouldn’t say never with Rondo. He cleared the air quite a bit with Carlisle after he left.

    • padam

      If Divac wasn’t a huge fan of Fox, then why did he draft him? Furthermore, the Kings aren’t moving Fox.

  2. x%sure

    Looking at Hardaway’s game log, I’d say he injured his leg Nov.20. Big performance drop after. I remember a poster at the start of the year saying Hardaway was showing off new moves or something like that.

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