Hooray the Knicks released Chris Smith to sign Jeremy Tyler! Are you excited?
Sorry if my level of excitement doesn’t match yours, but what’s the big deal? First off, how many minutes is Tyler going to get under coach Woodson? With Chandler back, there’s 30 minutes at the center spot gone (39:50 under a good night, right Mike?) Given that there are only 48 minutes a game, and that Bargnani, Martin, and Stoudemire will lap up the rest mean there’s not much for our next budding superstar.
Second even if Tyler gets some floor time, what would make anyone think he’s going to be a good player today? In 636 minutes of NBA action, Jeremy has wowwed the league with a 43.9% TS% and a 10.0 PER. Those are numbers that only Chris Smith would be jealous of.
Granted his D-League numbers were better, a 56.7% TS% and 17.0 PER. His PER is a bit misleading, though. The main area of Tyler’s contribution is his scoring, averaging 21.7 pts/36, however this comes at a horrendous turnover rate (5.0 TO/36). That number is so bad, that only 2 players in the 3 point era has ever matched it. Both players were point guards, which mean their turnover rate was partially a result of distributing the ball, unlike Tyler’s whose is a result of really shitty hands.
As for his peripherals, Tyler’s rebounding is slightly above average (10.9 reb/36) but his blocked shot rate is anemic (0.8 blk/36). So against worse competition Tyler has shot more, at the costly expense of giving the ball away. And besides the chance that he’ll be a good rebounder, his defensive numbers are poor. My guess is Tyler’s best case ceiling is Chris Wilcox.
But let’s discount my first two points to get to the third one. Let’s say that Woodson does find 20-30 minutes for Tyler, and that Jeremy is a scoring machine without the Vaseline hands. In this reality devoid world, how is playing Tyler going to help the Knicks? Is playing him at center going to make the Knicks more productive than when Tyson Chandler is on the floor? Is letting him score going to be better for the team than when Carmelo Anthony is out there? Is what the Knicks need is a scorer that doesn’t do much else? How’s he going to help their 26th ranked defense? Is he going to make a dent in their 21st ranked offense?
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So given all that, I just don’t see him as the answer. He’s not a good shot blocker. He’s not good with the ball. I don’t see anything that screams he’s a good defender. He’s not a floor stretcher (0-4 in both leagues from three point land) so you can’t even make that case. But you know, he’s not someone on this already putrid roster, so there’s that.