"Dynamic" is probably the word that best describes Kansas' senior guard Tyshawn Taylor.
At various times during his career—his 19-point performance in the title game against Kentucky this past April comes to mind—Taylor looks as if he's one of the 10 best players in America. But there were also occasions (such as the end of the Kansas-Ohio State semifinal matchup on March 31) where he tried to do too much, nearly costing his team a victory.
If nothing else, Taylor is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft class, and it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to the NBA game.
What Taylor Brings to the Team
As a four-year starter on a perennial contender, Taylor is the most experienced and battle-tested lead guard in the draft. If nothing else, the bright lights of the NBA stage shouldn't faze him all that much, especially since he's less than three months removed from nearly upsetting the mighty Wildcats the national title game.
The main issue surrounding the 6'3", 185-pound Taylor is that he's not a natural playmaker. So while his athleticism will cover up some of his flaws, he'll need to work on his ball-handling ability before he ever gets the keys to run an NBA offense for an extended period of time.
What Experts Are Saying
At his size, Taylor projects to be a combo guard in the NBA. However, his jumper is erratic, and his 1.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is a bit concerning, especially since he'll handle the ball quite a bit at the next level.
Taylor's official NBA.com draft profile sums it up the best: "He's capable of making a great play one time down the floor and throwing a pass out of bounds the next, but he thrives on the chaotic nature of his game. Can an NBA coach live with that?"
Walker Beeken of DraftExpress.com was a bit kinder in his assessment, writing that Taylor "has a solid first step, very good top speed with the ball in hands and nice lateral quickness defensively."
Because of his athleticism, Taylor has the potential to make a fairly decent splash next season. There are always minutes to be had for explosive, change-of-pace guards, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Taylor logged around 10-15 minutes per game as a rookie.
With point guard Deron Williams and forward Kris Humphries free agents who might not return, Brooklyn could use some firepower in the backcourt and frontcourt.
Is Taylor an answer in the backcourt?
With a more reliable mid-range game and better decision-making skills, he could be. But he's not a quick fix if the Nets lose Williams.
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