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If as though simply preparing to make the transition from rookie to sophomore in the NBA wasn't enough for a youngster to deal with, Tim Hardaway Jr. will also play for a new head coach (Derek Fisher) in year two with the Knicks, under new management.

As arguably New York's most prized and promising young possession, Hardaway Jr. has surely seen his name thrown around in a handful of trade rumors this offseason as the team aims to improve.

More often than not, a squad needs to give up talent to get it back in an alternative form. Despite this, the guard stands to be a part of the Knicks' future, so in the meantime, he's continued to improve his overall game along the way.

At NBA Summer League earlier this month, Hardaway Jr. was given an opportunity and was expected to dominate the competition. Luckily for he and the Knicks, that's exactly what he did. Further proving his natural given gift to score in bunches, the Michigan product stole the show from the get-go, leading the Knicks to a 4-1 record on the week while averaging 22.8 points. Such a number cemented Hardaway Jr.'s place as the second-leading scorer out of all in Las Vegas.

Hardaway Jr. came up in the clutch. There's no doubt about that. But fresh off stepping up as a staring attraction, it's now time in the offseason for the spark-plug to take a step back once again. By joining the USA Select Team in Las Vegas this week, he now has an opportunity to learn from some of the game's best coaches, while competing and playing alongside some of the game's best players.

He's been documenting his experience in a diary over at the New York Post. Coach Fisher was been on sight monitoring his progress as well.

It's certainly been a busy summer for Hardaway Jr., who in between all of his on-the-court action has hosted various camps on Long Island. Nevertheless, the Knicks are sure to reap the benefits of his latest efforts this coming season.

Tags: Knicks , Keith Schlosser
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