New York Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald stated that he wanted to add another big man and a third point guard before the season started. The Knicks have a few spots left, with only 11 players on the roster, so with that, the Knicks invited 22-year-old center Jeremy Tyler to attend their training camp.
The big man caught the Knicks’ attention with his performance in the NBA summer league. In the summer league, Tyler impressed the team, averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Tyler has also shown he’s relentless going after rebounds, and, more importantly, he has shown he can protect the basket, playing defense effectively.
With the invite, the Knicks are giving the center the same chance they gave Chris Copeland last season, and they’re hoping to strike gold twice.
Tyler is only 22 years old but already has a few years of experience in the league. He was drafted in the second round by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA draft, but was traded to the Golden State Warriors soon after, where he averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He played limited minutes with the Warriors last season, then was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, where he was waived shortly after.
That doesn’t sound like a guy who would help the Knicks, but the big man is a good athlete who can get physical in the post; he’s young and adds depth to a position filled with older/injury prone players. At 6’10”, 260 pounds, he can play center, providing Chandler with some rest, or even play at the power forward position.
If the Knicks get lucky with Tyler, they are acquiring a high-reward player at low risk. Who knows, if it works out, Tyler may even play an important role for the Knicks in the future.