According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the New York Knicks announced on Thursday that their big man Jeremy Tyler will be undergoing surgery, that will sideline him for 8-10 weeks, to repair a stress fracture on his right foot. This is not good news for the big man, who recently signed with the Knicks a few weeks ago, but is now unlikely to be available at the beginning of the season.
Knicks forward Jeremy Tyler will miss 8-10 weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture of his right fifth metatarsal, per team.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) September 6, 2013
This injury comes at the most inopportune time because the 6’10″ center only signed with the team on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tyler impressed the Knicks this offseason with his summer league play, and it led to the Knicks picking him up. In the summer league, Tyler opened eyes, averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Tyler has shown he’s relentless going after rebounds, and, more importantly, he has shown he can protect the basket, playing defense effectively.
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 can 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.
Once Tyler recovers, do the Knicks bring him back?