Week 3 – He exploded in the two games against the Saitama Broncos this past weekend including a 27/11 output in the second match. Probably of greater note was the fact he was able to stay on the court for 26 minutes. It is reported that five of his field goals were dunks. At least we know he is playing aggressively.
The Bad (there is a little more of this than the ‘good’)
Foul Trouble – In five of the six games he has committed four fouls. Like all young players, the key to his development is experience/playing time. By getting in to foul trouble he is limiting his own ability to develop, let alone give NBA scouts time to analyze his game.
Free Throws – Only Shaq can get away with shooting 11/23 on free throws. How fundamentally sound is a player who shoots below 50% on free throws?
Turnovers - On the same line as free throws, one has to question the fundamentals of a player who is averaging 2.9 turnovers per game while on playing an average of 16 minutes per game. Is lack of high quality game experience the issue, or is he lacking court vision and game understanding?
Competition – Tyler’s explosion against Saitama came against the weakest frontline he has faced so far. Not coincidentally, Saitama signed a center the day after his big game. We will not know if this is an aberration or a sign of true development until he can repeat the performance a few more times.
Overall, I still think the four other imports on the Apache and coach Bob Hill are going to make this a good environment for Tyler. Is it as good a place to develop as a DI school? We have to wait and see.