2013 season stats: 38 gms, 6 mpg, 2.2 ppg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 rpg, 0.3 spg, 37% FG, 56% FT, 46% 3-pt FG, 0.7 to.
Like his fellow rookie Toko, Tyshawn was a Nets second round pick that they acquired via a trade. When Tyshawn was originally drafted, the Nets were not sure if they would be able to re-sign Deron Williams or sign C.J. Watson at all. If not, Tyshawn may have had to play a much more important role with this team than he ended up playing.
For the most part this season, Tyshawn only really played in garbage time of blowout games. Unlike Toko, Tyshawn was rarely in a suit and he was usually ready to play. Most of his appearances came late in the fourth quarter when the game was already over and he would only play 2 or 3 minutes.
Tyshawn played in two important games this season for the Nets. The first one came just before the all-star break when Deron Williams was injured in Indiana. In addition to Deron missing the game, C.J. Watson started at point guard, but was just 0-7 from the field for 1 point. The Nets needed Taylor to step up, and that’s what he did. The game went into overtime, where Tyshawn hit a couple of big shots, including a 3, to score a career high 12 points and lead the Nets to an impressive overtime victory on the road.
Tyshawn’s other important game was the Wizards game at the end of the year where the starters did not play. Even though this was a meaningless game, Taylor scored a new career high of 14 points and also had 3 assists in 24 minutes. He hit a clutch dagger 3 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
In the playoffs, Tyshawn only played in garbage time of two games for a total of two minutes.
I believe that Taylor’s biggest strength is his clutch gene. Tyshawn was able to hit clutch shots in both of those games even though those were the only opportunities he was given in a crunch time situation. Additionally, over his 4 years at Kansas, Taylor hit a lot of big shots and was on a lot of good teams. He also displayed a lot of athleticism and appears to be a pretty good shooter.
However, he still needs to improve a lot before an NBA team can trust him. Turnovers were a problem for Taylor and he often dribbles out of control. He takes too many risks and is not a great passer for a point guard.
There is a possibility that Taylor will be the Nets’ backup point guard next year. In order for him to be able to play that position effectively, he has a lot of improvements to make over the summer.
Final grade: C-