Posted by Neil Paine on December 15, 2010
Back in early May, I conducted a poll asking our readers to vote on who should be inducted into the inaugural Fantasy Basketball Hall of Fame class, and you responded very well, registering almost 1,000 votes. According to the rules of the HoF (based on the Baseball Hall of Fame process), a player had to be named on 75% of ballots to be inducted, which left us with two players (2 point guards, actually): Kevin Johnson, and Tim Hardaway. KJ was honored in July, so now it's time for the original king of the killer crossover...
Timothy Duane "Tim Bug" Hardaway
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 175 lbs.
Born: September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois
High School: Carver in Chicago, Illinois
College: University of Texas at El Paso
Draft: Selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (14th pick, 14th overall) of the 1989 NBA draft.
FBHOF Resume: Outstanding fantasy seasons: 1991-93, 1997-98. Second-best fantasy PG in the NBA in 1992, 3rd-best in '91 & '97. Top-5 in '93 & '98 as well. Best categories were scoring, assists, & 3-point field goals. Also top 8 among PG in steals 6x and rebounds 5x. Double-double machine, but hurt by the shooting percentage categories. A viable fantasy starter in 8 of his first 10 NBA seasons, before injuries finally took their toll. Owner of arguably the best crossover dribble of all time; froze many a defender with fabled "UTEP Two-Step". Led Miami to Conference Finals in 1997, but had otherwise forgettable, injury-plagued playoff career. Won gold at 2000 Olympics as a bit player. NBA Live 98 cover athlete. Volatile personality manifested itself in emotional on-court leadership, as well as incidents like a TV-tossing tantrum in 2002 and homophobic comments in 2007. Probably didn't play at an all-time great level long enough to be in the real Hall of Fame, but a no-brainer pick for the FBHoF.