5 Things Brooklyn Nets Guard Tyshawn Taylor Can Bring To Table
Brooklyn Nets backup point guard Tyshawn Taylor was nothing more than an insurance policy during his rookie season of 2012-2013.
It’s a shame, because the University of Kansas product showed plenty of promise when starter Deron Williams missed a stretch of games due to ankle injuries. Two games where he received extended minutes really stuck out, as he put up 12 points in 34 minutes in a February win at the Indiana Pacers, and also 14 points in 24 minutes in a win against the Washington Wizards.
Given that the Nets are well over the salary cap and would figure to spend whatever money they do find on another scoring option, Taylor could see more of an opportunity and work his way into the rotation as the floor general of the second unit.
Taylor would benefit greatly if reserve C.J. Watson, who played the majority of the season as the backup point guard, does not return to the team. He has an option for next season.
More Taylor would also pay great dividends for the Nets as a team. Watson has been a quality player his entire career, but his style of play reflects a combo-guard more than anything. He doesn’t possess the skills or mindset of a typical point guard, but his concern isn’t strictly tied to scoring and shooting from the outside.
It’s quite the opposite deal with Taylor. He’s about as conventional of a point guard as they come, and he brings a myriad of talents all in one.
So what are those talents, exactly?
Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz or “Like” him on Facebook.
Taylor possesses nice vision and passing ability.
Taylor's speed can cause major problems for teams as they try to protect the paint and limit fastbreak opportunities.
Taylor has a pretty consistent jumper and cannot be played loosely.
A Shot Of Energy
For a Nets team that is constantly being accused of playing too slowly, Taylor's constant energy gives them a different element to be weary of.
Athleticism is always a burden for defenses. As one of the Net's most athletic players, that is the most important dimension that Taylor adds.