Dallas Mavericks: Ex-Maverick Tim Hardaway 2014 NBA Hall of Fame finalist

Although he only had a cup of coffee with the Dallas Mavericks in 2001-02, former guard Tim Hardaway's career was equal parts consistent and spectacular--which is enough to possibly get him into the NBA Hall of Fame.

The 5-time NBA All Star was selected today as a finalist for the 2014 NBA Hall of Fame class, joining Mitch Richmond, Kevin Johnson, Spencer Haywood, and Alonzo Mourning.

Tim Hardaway's career started off with a bang in 1989-90, as he garnered first-team NBA All-Rookie team honors with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 14.7 points per game.

That season was the beginning of a 13-year stretch where Hardaway averaged at least 13.4 points a game or more. His 2001-02 year with the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets was the first year of his career that he averaged less than that (9.6 ppg).

However, the former Dallas Mavericks guard's biggest claim to fame comes from distributing the basketball. His career average of 8.2 assists per game is going for 12th all-time in NBA history.

Alongside recently-retired NBA commissioner David Stern, the players who are selected on April 7th for enshrinement will take their place in history within the halls of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) on August 8th.

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