In 2011, power forward Jeremy Tyler got taken with the 39th pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. On that same night, he got traded to the Golden State Warriors for cash. Seen as a project, he spent some time in the D-League before joining the team in which he appeared in 42 games, starting 23.
He averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds on 42.1 percent shooting and 55.8 percent from the free throw line in 13.5 minutes per game. Tyler scored a career-high 16 points in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs and in another meeting recorded his first and only double-double of the season.
At the D-League level, he played in five games and averaged 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, shooting 58.9 percent and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.
Tyler gained fame for skipping his senior season to play professionally for two seasons overseas. His first year, he played in Israel before traveling to Japan in his second year.
With the Warriors, Tyler is a candidate for the D-League as there are three other power forwards in front of him in starter David Lee, Carl Landry - who signed a two-year deal – and rookie Draymond Green. This means that minutes will be scarce, and to progress as a player he will need to get consistent minutes via the D-League.
The reason why Tyler started 23 games in 2011 was because of injuries; with a healthy lineup, he isn’t going to see much action. Yet, when he did get a chance to play, he did show that he could hit a jumper from 10-15 feet though not consistently, has good footwork in the post and great jumping ability.
To improve, Tyler will need to work on consistently hitting jumpers from 10-15 feet and bolstering his free throw percentage.
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