The fourth-year guard out of Michigan was really good this season, earning starters minutes as the season went on. But you have Thabo Sefolosha (if he isn’t too mad about Mike Dunleavy playing over him in the playoff loss), Kent Bazemore and Tauren Prince, who grew at the end of season at that position.
Hardaway averaged a career-high 14.5 points on the season. He improved exponentially and will command a hefty salary. Paying him could limit other options, but losing him takes away precious points. If you think Prince — who is a better defender — can step up, then maybe you can let THJ go. If not, you have to pay the piper.
It’s easy to look at those numbers and give credit to the Warriors for staying active defensively. That’s only part of the problem, though. According to NBA.com tracking data, the Cavs are 9 of 30 on wide-open 3-pointers (no defender within six feet) and 11 of 46 when a defender is within four to six feet.
Klay Thompson has done an incredible job challenging Irving in one-on-one situations. Durant can guard just about every position on the floor. Draymond Green is the best defender in the NBA. It’s possible to accept all of that and still point out the Cavs have missed shots they normally make. They can’t afford to miss many more if they want to stay alive.
This one is particularly rough in hindsight with all the stars that came right after the No. 10 pick. An injury-prone drop machine, Ebron has done little to live up to his draft status. That Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys said, he’s still holding down a starting job and the Lions don’t have Cheap Basketball Jerseys much depth in the passing offense. So Ebron will get another chance to put it all together next year.