NBA Free Agency 2013: Knicks sign Jeremy Tyler
Jeremy Tyler had an impressive Summer League with the New York Knicks, enough to convince them they needed to put his name in ink instead of merely extending him a training camp invite, so they signed the 22-year-old big man, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Spears says its a two-year deal, although we can presume it's for a minimum contract, and that may not be fully guaranteed. The Knicks had previously signed undrafted free agent C.J. Leslie to a deal rather than inviting him to training camp, but that was later found to be completely non-guaranteed.
Tyler averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Knicks in Las Vegas, dominating on the offensive glass while leading the team in scoring. Dylan Murphy of Posting and Toasting analysed in video form what he liked about Tyler on the boards, while Seth Rosenthal described the "moments of brilliance" he saw from the 6'10, 260-pounder in Vegas.
He still managed to be picked in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft and started 23 games for the Warriors his rookie year, averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes of game time. But in his sophomore year, he couldn't prove to Mark Jackson he was worth game time. He averaged just 3.2 minutes and often found himself on the shuttle between Oakland and the Warriors' D-League team in Santa Cruz, where he averaged 17.4 points per game.
He was traded for a future second-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks, who cut him after he had only played five minutes of one game. He's a project, to be sure, but shows instincts and in the D-League and Vegas, he's looked great against lesser competition.
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