Tim Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on August 22, 2001, in a trade with the Miami Heat, in exchange for a second round draft choice.
Hardaway played his college ball at the University of Texas El Paso where his scoring average rose each year he was there, from 4.1 ppg his freshman season to 19.1 as a senior. He was selected the Player-of-the-Year in the Western Athletic Conference in 1988-1989, his senior year.
Drafted in the first round of the 1989 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, he made an impact in the league his rookie year averaging 14.7 points over 79 games and being selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He became part of the famed "Run T-M-C" unit with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.
His second season in the league, Hardaway played in all 82 of the Warriors' games, increasing his scoring average to 22.9 ppg and being named to the first of five NBA All-Star teams.
In his third season, he posted a career-high in points with 23.4 per game and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Hardaway played two more seasons with the Warriors before being traded, along with Chris Gatling to the Miami Heat for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles.
1995-1996 began a run of six seasons for Hardaway in Miami. During his stint with the Heat he was named to the All-NBA First Team once, All-NBA Second Team twice, played for the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and made the NBA All-Star team twice. His best statistical season with Miami was 1996-1997 when he averaged 20.3 points in 81 games.
On August 22, 2001 Miami traded the 6'0 guard to the Mavericks in return for a second round draft pick. Hardaway played in 54 games for Dallas averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists and shooting a career-best .833 from the free throw line. He saw action in 54 games averaging 23.6 minutes-per-game. Before the season ended, Dallas traded Hardaway to Denver in for Nick Van Exel.
He went on to play 14 games for Denver the rest of the season averaging 9.6 points. The next season would prove to be Hardaway's final NBA campaign as appeared in only 10 games for the Indiana Pacers averaging 4.9 ppg.
The Miami Heat honored the five-time all-star by retiring his jersey in a ceremony on October 28, 2009 and today Hardaway is the Community and Corporate Liaison with the Heat.