Defined by his signature UTEP Two-Step and as a member of the iconic Run TMC trio, Tim Hardaway will be inducted Saturday as the Class of 2022 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Selected by the Warriors with the 14e Overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, Hardaway’s 13-year journey in the NBA began with the Dubs. The University of Texas El Paso point guard made his NBA debut in 1989 and remains a beloved member of the Warriors and NBA family to this day.

Hardaway described having “tears of joy” upon learning of his induction as he became the latest member of the Run TMC trio to be memorialized among fellow NBA greats in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hardaway played six seasons with the Warriors, posting a career-high 19.8 points and 9.3 assists in 422 games. The five-time NBA All-Star made three All-Star appearances with the Warriors (1991-93) and two additional appearances with the Heat (1997-98). The guard also received NBA All-Rookie First Team honors in his first season (1990).

Hardaway took his talents internationally in 2000, winning a gold medal for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

In his 13 combined NBA seasons, Hardaway totaled 15,373 points while averaging more than 20 points per game for four consecutive seasons (1990-93, 1994-95). He finished his NBA career with 2,855 rebounds and 7,095 assists. Plus, his signature crossover has left an everlasting mark on the NBA game as we know it.

Hardaway now joined Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond in 1989 to form Run TMC, a name inspired by the popular rap group Run DMC of the 1980s and 1990s, using the first initial of each player’s name (JI am, Mitching and VShris). In their first season together, the trio led the NBA in scoring (116.3 points per game).

“People couldn’t stop us. They couldn’t spot us. They didn’t know what we were doing,” Hardaway explained, describing their quick, playmaker-dominated offense. later ‘small ball’ by former Warriors head coach Don Nelson has been embraced league-wide with its roots commonly seen in today’s NBA landscape.

Along with their breakthrough play, Hardaway remains the Warriors franchise leader in assists per game (9.3).

“There are a lot of players in the league that I grew up watching who jumped off the screen based on their style. I didn’t really care about their stats. It was more just the impact of them watching the game and developing a love for basketball. He’s up there on that list of guys,” 2022 NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry explained of Hardaway’s influence.

“The way he played had a lasting impact and was worthy of the Hall of Fame. It’s pretty awesome.

Hardaway’s continued impact on the Warriors remains today, with the franchise releasing Run TMC-inspired Classic Edition jerseys for the upcoming 2022-23 NBA season. The throwback yarns resemble the uniforms worn during the trio’s game, with the “Warriors” script angled upwards and the old-school Golden State Warriors basketball icon on the shorts.

George Karl, former head coach of the Warriors from 1986-88, will also be inducted as part of the 13-member Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022. After the Warriors won the worst 30-52 of the Western Conference in 1985-86 season, Karl guided the Dubs to the conference semifinals in his first season as head coach of the Warriors (1986-87). It marked the Warriors’ first playoff appearance in a decade, and is perhaps best remembered for Sleepy Floyd scoring 29 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter of a game against the Lakers.

The induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will begin at 3:00 p.m. PST with the induction ceremony beginning at 4:00 p.m. on NBA TV. Dozens of Hall of Famers are expected to attend, with Nate Archibald (1991), Isiah Thomas (2000), Chris Mullin (2011), Mitch Richmond (2014) and Yolanda Griffith (2021) presenting Hardaway for the Extraordinary Recognition as he becomes forever etched in NBA history.