Knicks Sign Jeremy Tyler

NEW YORK, August 6, 2013 – New York Knickerbockers Executive Vice President and General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Jeremy Tyler. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tyler, 6-10, 260-pounds, holds career averages of 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds over 10.1 minutes in 63 games (23 starts) over two seasons with Golden State and Atlanta. He appeared in 21 games with the Warriors and Hawks last season, recording 22 total points and 20 rebounds over 68 minutes, before finishing the season with Santa Cruz of the NBA D-League.
The San Diego, CA native averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds over 17.6 minutes in five games for New York’s entry in the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV. He was originally selected by Charlotte in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before having his draft rights traded to Golden State. Tyler left San Diego HS, following his junior season, to play internationally with Maccabi Haifa (Israel) and Tokyo Apache (Japan) for two seasons, before becoming draft eligible.

Some recent thoughts on Tyler from KnickerBlogger:

Knicks 2013 Summer League Roster Breakdown

Jeremy Tyler: REBOUNDING ALERT! REBOUNDING ALERT! Tyler is a hyalophile with 10.9 reb/36 in the Dees and 4.1 of those coming off of his team’s misses. Doesn’t really block shots, but can score (21.7 pts/36, 57.9% TS%) albeit at an absurd turnover rate (5.0 to/36). Seems to hack like crazy as well.

BTW, with his statistical skillset (REBOUNDING!), take a guess at which statistical site is gushing over him?

Knicks 2013 Post-Summer League: 4 Questions

1. The Knicks have invited Jeremy Tyler to training camp. Assuming he makes the team, how many games into the season before Woodson actually trusts him to warrant more than token minutes?

David Crockett: Not before December unless there is injury. One exception. If he starts out playing defense, like Shumpert did, he’ll get some rope. Thing is, we probably need him to score.

Robert Silverman: Welp, assuming that Kenyon Martin or Lamar Odom or John Gianelli or some other veteran PF/C is signed before September, given the Tokyo-subway-at-rush-hour-level jam-packed frontcourt rotation (And yes, I’m including Melo), it’s going to take awhile. Best case scenario is a path similar to that taken by Chris Copeland (<3 n’ miss u, Chris. Don’t let West and Hibbert and those Nap Town bullies push you around and tote chartreuse backpacks and stuff. OUR BABY’S ALL GROWNS UP.). Tyler’ll get a smattering of minutes in lopsided victories/ugly blowouts, before a spate of injuries and/or ineffective play opens up space, probably right before/right after the All-Star festivities.

Mike Kurylo: Either 25 games (how long it took Copeland to see some serious time), or when both Woodson gets sick of Bargnani’s hyalophobia and Amar’e is hanging out with the medical staff. Whichever comes first.

Jeremy Conlin: I’m not sure it’s a question of how long before Woodson trusts him as much as how long before Woodson is desperate enough to play him. As long as Chandler, Amar’e, and Bargnani are healthy, Tyler should probably stay on the bench.

David Vertsberger: To me, Tyler’s first real minutes will come due to desperation. We’re due for another STAT injury, or perhaps someone above Tyler in the depth chart will straight bomb. Assuming Kenyon Martin re-signs, I don’t really see Tyler getting genuine minutes on his own accord.

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6 thoughts to “Knicks Sign Jeremy Tyler”

  1. Like it. Hopefully it’s like Leslie’s contract where the second year isn’t guaranteed. It’s not exactly no risk as with a team as injury prone as this one that roster spot could be valuable. Still he just turned 22, he’s big and agile enough to play both C and PF, can finish around the basket and has decent jumper. Most of his summer league mistakes were typical young big mistakes- foul and turnover prone though almost all of his turnovers were either from having no secondary move if his first one was stopped or from bringing the ball down to his waist to gather himself around the basket and both should be correctable. Will he pan out? Probably not- a couple of teams have already given up on him despite his obvious physical gifts. But he does have a shot to be really good and for an older team it’s worth having a guy like that at the end of the bench.

  2. I think it’s still 13…

    1 Melo
    2 STAT
    3 JR
    4 Felton
    5 Chandler
    6 K-Mart
    7 Leslie
    8 Hardaway
    9 Prigs
    10 Bargs
    11 Tyler
    12 Artest
    13 Shump

    Am I missing someone?

    So there’s still room for Chris Smith. ;)

  3. At the very least he gives us a young body to through out there for 10-15 to grabs some boards and soak up some fouls. If he can also avoid being a liability on offense then that’ll help his cause for some regular minutes.

    Emphasis needs to be put on the “young” part, as it will be a bit of a luxury having a back up big that will likely be healthy and not on the inactive list due to old age when one of key bigs inevitably is hurt or rested.

  4. 10-15 might be a generous estimate for his actual playing time, but you get the gist.

  5. Out with the old: Kidd, Camby, Sheed, Thomas, Q, Novak (old in the sense that Bill Russell could play better D than him right now; 6’10” and can’t dunk?)

    In with the young: Hardaway, Leslie, Bargnani, Tyler, Metta (acts like a 12yo)

    If only B-ball IQ didn’t matter…

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