Timothy Duane Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois).
At number 4 of the top ten point guards for the 90s I have chosen “Mr. Crossover”, Tim Hardaway. Tim, was selected by the Golden State Warriors at number 14 of the 1989 NBA draft. Hardaway with Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond formed the “run TMC” of the Golden State Warriors at the beginning of the 90s which was a real joy to watch.
This Hardaway of the 90s was a real point guard, a player known for his ability to crossover his opponents with inconceivable quickness and his ability to score. Those two abilities of him were so exceptional, amongst the point guards of his era, that his even great ability to run the offence for the team that he was playing was always overlooked.
Haradaway, was named an all-star five times, 3 consecutive for the West (1991-1993) and two consecutive for the East (1997-1998) but started only once, at 1997 for the East. He started his career at the Golden State Warriors where he played from 1989-90 season until 1995-96 (22 of February 1996) when he was traded to the Miami Heat and those were the two teams that he played during the 90s. While he was playing for the Warriors he has also been selected as a member of “Dream Team II” that won the World Championship in Canada at 1994.
He was always ranking amongst the top ten in assists, throughout the 90s and he has been named in All-NBA first team once (1996-97), three times in All-NBA second team (1991*92, 1997-98, 1998-99) and once in All-NBA third team (1992-93). He was also a member of the All-Rookie team at 1989-90 season.
Hardaway belongs in a special group of players as he is one of only seven players in NBA history that averaged more than 20ppg. and 10apg. in a single season. In fact Hardaway achieved it twice in his career 23.4ppg. and 10.0apg. in 1991-92 season and 21.5ppg. and 10.6apg in 1992-93 season, both times as a Warrior.
He had very good seasons with the Warriors but they have only reached as far as the second round of the Western Conference Play-offs. When he went to Miami he teamed up with Alonzo Mourning, Jamal Masburn, Dan Majerle and coach Pat Riley. At their best season (1996-97) they recorder 61-21, 3rd best in the NBA and 2nd in Eastern Conference, but they were unlucky because although they reached the Eastern Conference Finals they had to overcome the Chicago Bulls. This was impossible (lost 4-1) and this was the closest that Tim Hardaway ever got to an NBA title.
I have always liked the way Tim Hardaway was playing the game of basketball, the way he dribbled was unique and many of us were trying to replicate his game and learn how to dribble the ball by watching him play. I believe that players like Tim Hardaway revolutionized the game, he brought something of his to the game and moved the whole game forward. The killer crossover is now a move possessed by the majority of the good point guards of the NBA but even now the way that he was doing it remains unique.