Saturday, March 31, 2012


I was one of Jeremey Tyler's bigger advocates during the draft, and was thrilled we got him in the 2nd round. The Warriors bought his draft rights from the Bobcats for $2M and locked in the project to a modest contract which is unguaranteed in 2013 and has a team option in 2014.
It's clear that they think his development will take some time, and they believe they can convert his raw talent into a real player over the course of a few seasons.

After watching him in limited minutes throughout the year, I've seen small improvements in the 2 areas that concerned me the most - basketball IQ and motor. Tyler has a wealth of talent to tap into, but without those two, he'll have a limited shelf-life in the NBA and will never reach his full potential. He needs to play smarter, with more intensity on defense, and play hard every minute he is on the court.

 I'm not sure how much extra work Tyler has putting into practice, but his work ethic coming into the draft has always been a concern. Fellow rookie, Charles Jenkins, is a workout warrior - 1st one in, last one out. I hope Tyler follows his example. The key now to developing his game further is to bring in the best Big Man coach money can buy. The Warriors need to bring in a former NBA big man that knows the ins and outs of succeeding in the paint - someone who can light a fire under the young man and compel him to become the best he can be. Lacob has shown he is willing to spend whatever money it takes to build a contender and I have faith that he will address this need in the offseason.

Clifford Ray just got hired by the Kings a month ago. Who else would be good candidates to help Tyler with his game?

Related Links:
Draft Express Profile Page
NY Times: Jeremy Tyler, N.B.A. Prospect, Is Groomed to Play His Own Way
Kawakami: The Warriors’ $2M bet on Jeremy Tyler: How things have changed Weidie: Jeremy Tyler: A Grainy Picture of Youth

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