After the New York Knicks waived Jeremy Tyler as one of their final cuts before the regular season, they re-signed him Dec. 31.
Tyler has been used sparingly since joining the Knicks. However, Mike Woodson should make an attempt to change that. The Knicks’ frontcourt has been productive this season, but Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire all have long histories of injuries. Chandler missed 24 games this year. Woodson his mixed and matched his lineups all year, including using Andrea Bargnani at center and playing small-ball. Given the age and contract situations of Chandler, Stoudemire, Martin and Bargnani along with the lack of future draft picks the Knicks have, it might be in their best interest to give Tyler some quality minutes. Tyler has played just 66 games in three NBA seasons, averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. While his numbers are very unimpressive the talent level is there. Tyler is 6-foot-10, 250-pounds, so he certainly has the body of an NBA player.
Tyler averaged 28 ppg as a junior in high school in San Diego, but after that he made a few poor decisions that ultimately stunted his development. Tyler left high school to play overseas until he could declare for the NBA Draft. He committed to playing college ball at Louisville but instead signed with an Israeli team. Tyler was the No. 39 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He has bounced around from the Warriors, Hawks, now Knicks as well as several stints in the D-League.
At this point, Tyler simply needs NBA minutes to gain experience. It can allow the Knicks to play bigger and experiment with different lineups using combinations of Tyler, Chandler, Stoudemire, Martin and Bargnani. With such limited future resources, the Knicks may have a hidden gem on their roster that can grow and become a future role player. Tyler is still only 22-years-old so there is plenty of time to make an impact in the future. He just needs a chance, and the Knicks would be wise to give him one.