The Knicks don’t like draft picks. Wait…that might not be entirely true. They often like to use draft picks as part of a package to acquire basketball players, so maybe they do like draft picks. It’s more accurate to say they don’t value draft picks as much as other franchises, It would stand to reason, then, that over the years they’ve struggled in finding impact rookies and young, cheap, emerging players that can realistically someday turn into role players. That’s actually not true, at all.
This isn’t to defend the Knicks’ willingness to chuck draft picks into trade negotiations like an experimental chef trying new things. But over the past few years, the Knicks have done an solid job of mining the waiver wire, the D-League, undrafted free agents and Summer League players and finding effective roster pieces. This year, Jeremy Tyler was one of those guys. He showed some promise in his limited duty, and at the very least made Knicks fans believe he could be a piece to the larger puzzle. Likely, if anything, he’d be a tiny piece. But one nonetheless.
Numbers and stuff
Tyler played in just half of the Knicks’ 82 games, averaging 9.7 minutes per. He averaged 3.6points, 2.7 rebounds. He had a rebound rate of 16.1, which was 3rd on the team (for what it’s worth, what with his limited minutes, et al.)
He showed a pretty decent grasp of NBA offense, and in some ways seemed like a poor man’s version of an in-prime Amar’e Stoudemire. Tyler showed some pretty decent mid-range ability, converting on his limited chances, making 13-of-27 from between 8-16 feet, per NBA.com. He shot at about a league average percentage at the rim, so he has a pretty decent touch for a big man. To go along with his very apparent athleticism and transition ability, he also showed a general high level of effort and aggressiveness; this should be the norm, but we’re talking about someone who played for the 2013-14 Knicks.
Tyler’s over-aggressiveness resulted in a lot of silly, needless fouls away from the hoop. He averaged 6.3 fouls per 36 minutes, which means he would foul out about every night if he played real minutes. Certainly if Tyler is to improve and be a viable role player, he’ll need to learn to be a bit less careless on defense.
He registered his lone double-double (12 pts, 11 rebs) in a blowout win over the Nuggets on Feb. 7.
There were also some fun things along the way, like:
He didn’t play enough, or have an important enough role, to really be scrutinized and given a “Worst moment”. I suppose just being on the 2013-14 Knicks was probably bad enough. Good job, Jeremy!
(B+) Tyler is another of the Knicks’ diamond in the rough type of prospects. Along with Toure Murry, he showed some flashes this season, and we’ll certainly be interested to see how he comes along as the season approaches and eventually begins. That is, if he’s around. His contract for next season is not guaranteed, and with a new regime and coach in place for next year, it’s hard to predict which back-end roster players will stick and which will be let go. But for what could have been expected of Tyler for this past season, it’s hard to argue that he didn’t do alright for himself.