Jeremy Tyler has some NBA experience but is still very young and raw. However, he's a nice center prospect who also has the skills to play power forward. It seems like Mike Woodson is in favor of inviting Tyler to training camp. Could Tyler make the final roster as a reserve and have a future with the New York Knicks?
Jeremy Tyler is a 6'10", 260 pound big man from San Diego, California. He started his professional basketball career playing for Maccabi Haifa in Israel from 2009-10 and the Tokyo Apache of Japan from 2010-11. His NBA career began when he was drafted 39th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bobcats traded his rights to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations. He was assigned to the Dakota Wizards but was quickly recalled and remained with the team until the end of the season. Tyler spent a lot of the 2012-13 NBA season with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Tyler was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he played in 2013. However, the Hawks later waived Tyler and he rejoined the Santa Cruz Warriors. Now Tyler's found another chance to rekindle his NBA career playing for the Knicks Las Vegas Summer League team.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork reports Tyler may get the chance to come to the Knicks' training camp.
Gabe Giordano, the agent for Tyler, who's averaging close to a double-double, told ESPNNewYork.com that he envisions a future for his client on the Knicks.
"While there have been no formal negotiations with the Knicks to this point, there is every indication that the Knicks would like to have Jeremy in training camp," Giordano said. "They have expressed interest in grooming him to become a valuable big man for their organization in the future."
Tyler brings a lot of things to the table that the Knicks could use. He plays well defensively, protect the basket and communicates well with his teammates. He also crashes the boards which is something the Knicks are in need of. Tyler also has a nice mid-range jump shot and has shown an ability to finish around the rim. He can also set picks and roll to the basket as well. It seems like his experience overseas and in the D-League has done him well. On top of all these skills, Tyler is still young having gone directly from high school to the professional ranks of Europe.
"Turning 22 years of age just over a month ago, yet already having several years of professional basketball experience on his resume is a huge plus for Jeremy as he competes for a Knicks roster spot," Giordano said.
The Knicks don't have any true centers to backup Tyson Chandler. That could be Tyler's to make the Knicks and find himself in the rotation. Supposedly other teams are interested in his services but the Knicks have the upper hand by having him on their Summer League squad and it sounds like he'd love the opportunity to stick around with the Knickerbockers.
"Wow," he said. "I haven't heard anything. It's still early. You've got to let my agents and management group talk to [the Knicks], and hopefully it works out."
Tyler and his agent would have to be willing to take a minimum salary deal but that shouldn't be an issue for a guy who was most recently playing in the D-League. However, there's a lot that could happen from now till then.
The Knicks are already trying to get Kenyon Martin re-signed. That wouldn't stop them from bringing Tyler to camp but if they were to sign someone else like Samuel Dalembert or Jason Maxiell it could. Of course, there's certainly something to be said for developing a young talent, especially when he's a favorite of your coach.
Woodson isn't known for developing young talent but maybe Tyler's overseas experience and defensive skill set have won Woodson over. It seems like the Knicks could do a lot worse than Tyler. It will be interesting to see how he'll develop in the Summer League and if the Knicks can get him to training camp.