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December 2018

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62 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2018 BY AUSTIN FOX T im Hardaway Jr. had by far the best year of his ca- reer in 2017-18 with the New York Knicks, setting new ca- reer highs in scoring (17.5 points per game) and games started (54). He's on pace to outdo those numbers this season. Hard- away has turned into the Knicks' best player, leading the club in both scoring (23.2) and minutes played (32.2) in the early going. He has scored at least 24 points in eight of the 13 contests he has participated in this season, including three where he posted 31 or more. Knicks head coach David Fizdale spoke Oct. 31 about the progress Hardaway has made, and how he can get even better. "It started in the summer," Fizdale told "His commit- ment to the conditioning and im- proving in the areas I saw could take him to another level, with a lot of them not being technical things. He's really been a consistent leader and an effort guy every day here in practice. I'm not surprised it's happening for him in a game. "I'm proud of Tim. He knows this is going to be an up and down year for us, a growing year, but what he's trying to figure out is how to become a star and what the responsibility is for that. That's why I'm really on him about defending. I think you can see he's competing. "Yes, we suffered a few times be- cause I trusted him, but I think it's go- ing to pay off in the end. What you see is what you get with him right now." The NBA CARIS LEVERT SUFFERS SCARY INJURY Caris LeVert experienced a scary- looking injury in the waning seconds of the second quarter of a 120-113 loss at Minnesota Nov. 12. LeVert at- tempted to block a shot near the rim in transition, but came down awk- wardly on his right leg, and imme- diately buried his head in his hands once he saw how severe it was. The Ohio native had to be taken off the court on a stretcher, and was trans- ported by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation. The next day, he was diagnosed with a subtalar dislo- cation of his right foot. There were no fractures and only moderate ligament damage. As a result, it will not require surgery, which will allow him to re- turn at some point this season. The third-year pro had gotten off to the best start of his young career. He scored at least 19 points in nine of the club's first 11 games, including four in which he tallied 26 or more. Through 14 outings, he was aver- aging 18.4 points, 4.3 boards and 3.7 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest. FORMER WOLVERINES ON NBA ROSTERS Through Nov. 12 • Trey Burke (Played at U-M from 2011-13), PG, New York Knicks: Started five of the 12 games he has played for the 4-10 Knicks … Averaged 20.1 minutes, 9.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest. • Jamal Crawford (1999-2000), SF, Phoenix Suns: Played in 10 games (no starts) for 2-11 Phoe- nix … Averaged 3.2 points and 1.0 rebound in 9.3 minutes per outing … Shot 31.0 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from three-point range. • Tim Hardaway Jr. (2010-13), SF, New York Knicks: Earned the starting nod in all 13 con- tests he saw action in for 4-10 New York … Averaged 32.2 min- utes, 23.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game … Connected on 41.6 percent of his shots and 83.1 percent of his free throws. • Caris LeVert (2012-16), SG, Brooklyn Nets: Started the first 14 games for the 6-8 Nets be- fore suffering a dislocated right foot Nov. 12 that will sideline him indefinitely … Averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 boards and 3.7 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest. • Duncan Robinson (2014-18), SF, Miami Heat: Has bounced between the 5-8 Heat and their G-League affili- ate Sioux Falls … Participated in two contests with Miami, and averaged 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. • Glenn Robinson III (2012-14), SF, Detroit Pistons: Received a starting assignment in four of 11 games for 6-6 Detroit … Averaged 6.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per outing. • Nik Stauskas (2012-14), SG, Port- land Trail Blazers: Has seen action in 13 contests (no starts) for the 10-3 Blazers … Averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 re- bounds and 1.9 assists in 19.0 minutes per tilt … Connected on 39.6 percent of his three-point attempts. • Moe Wagner (2015-18), C, Los An- geles Lakers: Has been slowed by a knee contusion he suffered in the pre- season and has yet to see any game action with the 7-6 Lakers … Was as- signed to Los Angeles' G-League affili- ate, the South Bay Lakers, Nov. 12. • D.J. Wilson, PF (2015-17), Milwau- kee Bucks: Recovering from a ham- string injury and has yet to see action this season for the 10-3 Bucks. Hardaway was the Knicks' leading scorer through 14 games, tally- ing at least 24 points in eight outings en route to posting an aver- age of 23.2 points per game. PHOTO BY MATTEO MARCHI/COURTESY MSG PHOTOS   MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Tim Hardaway Jr. Has Developed Into A Star In New York

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